Fog Creek’s Comment Spam Solution

By Deane Barker on October 31, 2003

Friday, October 31, 2003: This is a great idea, but it’s punishment, not deterrence because blog comment spammers will never hesitate long enough to figure out if posting is worthwhile or not.

“We’ve reengineered it so that URLs become links to a redirect server hosted by Fog Creek which, we hope, means that posting a URL in our discussion group will not boost its PageRank.”

A bot can’t figure this out in advance and refrain from posting because of it.