I don’t mean to go on another rant about comment spam, but I’m suffering under another deluge on my personal site. While the Texas Holdem spammer was a blitzkreig, another spammer has deanebarker.net under slow siege.
Someone out there is posting a spam comment to my site twice per hour, 24 hours a day. He’s coming in from different IP addresses, and he hawks something different every single time: from debt consolidation, to cheap drugs, to online casinos, etc.
WordPress can filter on keywords, but I’d have to cast the net really, really wide to catch all the possibilities. WordPress can’t filter by IP, so I thought about doing something at the Apache level, but he’s using a huge pool of addresses. I have yet to see a duplicate.
I finally just set all comments to require approval, which is a drag, but there doesn’t seem to be much else to do right now. WordPress isn’t quite as advanced as Movable Type, so there isn’t the same level of anti-spam plug-in support or a central authentication system like TypeKey.
Needless to say, I’m irritated. When Gadgetopia gets spammed, that’s different because this site makes some money and it’s therefore a cost of doing business. But my personal blog is just for fun, and it’s a huge pain to go in and get rid of all these spam comments every day. It takes the fun out of it, and fun is all there was to it in the first place.
If anyone out there has solid experience with WordPress (I’m a rookie) and can propose a solution, I’d love to hear it.