Akismet at work on spam comments (damned sploggers)
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)
Kasturba Nagar (email@example.com)
Gorky Sadan, 3 Gorky Terrace, 700
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.
- Geocities: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tripod: http://help.lycos.com/newticket.php (choose Abuse)
- Quantasoft (QSH): http://www.qsh.eu/ContactForm.aspx (choose Complaints)
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.