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Akismet at work on spam comments (damned sploggers)

Posted in Technology, The War on Spam by engtech on June 13, 2006

WordPress.com comes with a default spam comment protection system called “Akismet“. It’s really good for catching comment spam. It works by a collaborative effort of where if one person marks it as spam then it is caught for everyone (okay, this is a bit of a simplification). Sure, they can mass post comments but since Akismet has an equivalent number of “eyeballs” watching the spam (from the distributed effort) it’s a zero-sum game.

In the two months since I started this blog I’ve been started to receive quite a lot from:

Domain Name: FINDremovemeMOREremovemePILL.COM Registrant: (edit: added removeme to the name so as not to direct any traffic to his site)
N/A
Kasturba Nagar (kasturba@gmx.net)
Gorky Sadan, 3 Gorky Terrace, 700
Calcutta
Delhi,700017
IN
Tel. +91.05223103925

Creation Date: 31-Mar-2006
Expiration Date: 31-Mar-2007

It would be relatively easy to catch the spam even without Akismet because he signs everything @hotmails.com. If you have the free time to play wack-a-mole with these guys here are the email address to get their splogs shut down.

It’s not like reporting them even makes a dent, but it can be a quick release of frustration.

These guys are using splogs to promote other sites that they own. If something as nice and effective as Akismet kept a database of how to report different splogs and easily included that information in the spam report, then these sites would get shut down as fast as they went up.

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  1. engtech said, on June 14, 2006 at 10:54 am

    Ticket Subject : I’m getting spam comments from a splog

    Reply:
    The account you have brought to the attention of the Lycos Network Abuse
    Department was found to be in violation of our Terms and Conditions. As a
    result, it has been removed from our servers. Thank you for reporting it to
    us.

    Please note that the creator of this page is in no way directly associated
    with the Lycos Network or its web publishing products. We exercise no
    editorial control over the content posted by or the actions of our users. All
    users are expected to abide by our Terms and Conditions, which can be found at
    the following URL:

    http://www.lycos.com/lycosinc/legal.html

    I hope you find that our prompt response to this situation addresses your
    concerns. If you have any questions or find more accounts that require our
    attention please feel free to contact us again.


    Sincerely,

    Jeremy
    Lycos Network Abuse

  2. [...] Unknown (more than 20) comments with 342 spam comments blocked by Akismet (Pretty much all of the spam is from the same idiot). [...]

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