New comment spam deterrent implemented
You may not have seen it, but we’ve been getting slammed by a new wave of difficult-to-defeat comment spammers. They’re leaving innocous comments and then linking in the text and using the URL field to point somewhere that offers some… product that has to be spammed, I guess. They’re coming from many different IPs, probably on end user hacked PCs, so it’s been hard to stop with filtering or my secret anti-spamminator technology, which relies on knowing that.
So anyway, I’ve implemented a tweak courtesy of one Dave Pease that should entirely knock out automated comment spammers and huuuuuuuuuuugely reduce the amount of time we spend keeping the comments clean.
Bad part is, it requires an extra keystroke/mouse move for every comment submission. Compared to the burden of registration, it’s no big deal, but I wanted to point it out.
Also, I know we’ve been having sporadic site outages — can’t connect, database didn’t serve a page up. Apologies, as always. I’m still working on finding better hosting.
Anyway, back to the grind.
[update: I want to also say that if this proves effective, I plan to scale back some of the back-end restrictions that result in moderation for many AOL users]