Too Much Spam – Blacklisting .info because it gets through Akismet
The .info domain was created in late 2000 / early 2001. Since then it has been very popular with over 3 million registered sites. Most of those sites are used for “independent businesses” aka spam. It really should have been called .spam to do everyone a favour.
Someone has recently realized how Akismet works and been sending a deluge of comment spam (one every three minutes) using .info domain names with only one or two keywords (changing the name and email used every time).
So it’s finally time for me to close the doors on .info. I can save a lot of hassle by automatically deleting any comments that contain .info.
Go to Dashboard >> Options >> Discussion
Add .info to the Comment Blacklist
Apologies in advance to the 0.5% of real commenters who will get hit by this. Luckily I have Akismet Auntie Spam to easily check my spam queue for real comments. I’ll probably have to add .biz within the month. :)