Comment Spam

I get comment spam. It never makes it ‘live’ on my blog, however. Not once do those weaselly little blog comment spammers get their link up on my site . . . not for on millisecond – – they don’t get the exposure they’re looking for here. They don’t get the cache with the search engine bots . . . not once, never.

I have to ask – why do they persist? Why don’t they just move on to a blog that doesn’t have such tight spam controls? Their comments get thrown into moderation – – I have my WordPress set up so that I can mass-delete these little pesky twerps with one button click. The other night – there were 400 spam comments awaiting moderation — with one click, they were all gone.

I have to wonder – – don’t they notice that their spammed comments aren’t making it onto my site? After about… oh…comment number . .. say 200 – don’t they realize that their attempts are futile? I suppose, they probably don’t bother to look – – which makes them look even MORE stupid than they already are!

Big dummies!

On another side note for WordPress – – a few people have asked me where I got the spell checker plugin for my blog. It’s right here. Have fun with it!

Although, I have to say that, sometimes – those misspelled words in comments often give me a chuckle. I might miss them!

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30 thoughts on “Comment Spam”

  1. Thanks for the nod! Glad you found the plugin useful. One thing I notice is you’re attempting to use the parameter for the button class as an inline style. Unfortunately, I didn’t plan for that in the plugin, so it shows up differently than you probably intend.

    A way to get around it is to define your style in your CSS as a new class (perhaps .commentbutton) and then pass that class name to the spell_insert_button() function. Just trying to help :).

    Oh and by the way, there’s a new version that enables you to add words to a personal dictionary.

  2. I, sadly, don’t get much comment spam. But, I don’t think I would mind. I figure that the comments section on my page is for anyone that views it. If they feel compelled to give me a shoutout or just give one to themselves, i don’t care. However, I guess, if I got grips of comments each day, I might want to moderate, just to keep the serious comments front and center. So, the above was the long way of saying: I see your point. Peace.

  3. Yeah, they’re getting into my moderation area again, too. Drats! Phooey! I had ONE week of no comment spammers. Stupid stupid spam bots.

    How do you one click delete? Huh? HUH?

    (Don’t make me rape your ear again!)

  4. Hey, I even wrote about it and still get plenty more (easy to delete without any plug-ins, but still a pain in the arse).
    I think some people do it just to annoy people – like people who write viruses. Sad pathetic people who’s computer is their only friend.

  5. Why Jeanette, I’m glad you asked – I edited the wp-admin/moderation.php so that the ‘delete’ feature was the one checked by default . . not the ‘do nothing’ feature. That way – a quickie scroll through the comments to be sure there aren’t ones I want to save . . then click ‘update’ and they are all gone πŸ™‚

  6. Is there a way to file a class action suit against these clowns? Even with the one click deletion and the moderation tool in WordPress, it is getting really annoying!

  7. I, sadly, donÒ€ℒt get much comment spam.

    If ya’d like I can forward you mine – it’s pretty generic stuff that could fit almost anywhere πŸ˜†

  8. There are few things in life more annoying that deleting 4 or 5 hundred spams all pushing Texas Hold’em Poker… That’s my worst spammer, even though they never make it to the board, I still have to delete the crap πŸ‘Ώ

    I have the spell checker link saved, I have to play with that one!

  9. I find my misspelled words by runnin’ through the search terms used on Google searches hittin’ my site. I’ll see someone searched for somethin’ but misspelled it slightly, then to find it is ’cause I misspelled it slightly the same way, or one of my commenters did so. πŸ˜‰

  10. The reason they keep trying is that the vast majority of that garbage is an automated process. The authors are probably not even aware their comments don’t make it on your site. Millions of these automated messages are sent out each day and even if a small fraction of them make it through then they have accomplished their goal – that is getting their links published for the benefit of the search engines.

  11. I hear ya, Len. But I’d really LOVE to see the business model for this endeavor, all the same.

    “People HATE us, and we get about 5 posts per million, but hey. Advertise with us!”

    Thanks for the link, Lisa. You’re always coming up with the cool stuff. πŸ™‚

    Oh and I love BOTH “A Christmas Story” AND “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Sap that I am, I cry at both of ’em, too.

    Bitch, please.

  12. Not only do they not check to see if comment spam works, they don’t stop a process that’s running even once their website is taken down.

    The process is totally automated. They check sites that we ping for new blogs, determine the software we are running and automagically set their bots after us.

    Most of the blog spammers are using zombie computers. They are computers infected with a trojan horse that they can control remotely. Once they send down a bulk of commands they don’t care. I think the entire thing is automated start to finish.

    Spammers are the modern day version of boiler room operators.

  13. The spam I get is always on older posts, probably in the hope I won’t notice it to be able to delete it – presumably that can’t be automated?

  14. they’re spam bots hunny, they don’t know nor care that it doesn’t get thru to ur site. They spam every blog there is on the internet regardless.

  15. I have had so much spam lately it is CRAZY. It has to be a program they made to look for our kind of sites, and the referer spam is very bad as well!!!!!! I hate that worse than the comments because it messes with My stats, the comments I can just delete. Ah well what can ya do?!?!

  16. It’s why I’ve changed the names of the spam-bot targeted WordPress files. There are certain files that the spam bots look for when running their auto-configured scripts. If they can’t find those files, their script will bring back errors on them.

    It’s easy enough to look in the source coding to see what those files names are – however, what auto-spam bot owner bothers with that, when they can move onto someone who has the generically named WordPress files.

    I don’t get NEAR as much spam as I used to since I changed the files – – but it doesn’t stop the one time, manual spammer and I’ve found that I have to rename those renamed files after a time, because there are some who actually look at the source code and find the renamed file and configure it into their script.

    Weasles!

  17. You know, Lisa, that a good script will simply do a breadth first traversal of your archives, gather a list of URLs to spam, grab the code from each archive page, and then scrape out the right files. A good spam bot shouldn’t ever have to be manually configured….

  18. Shh dear, don’t cause a fuss. I’ll have your spam. I love it. I’m having spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam.

    Baked beans are off

    Well, can I have her spam instead of the baked beans?

  19. I’ve already endured about 10 attacks in the last 2 months! Each one comments on every post, then moves on. Mine also get caught in the moderation queue. Now, why can’t anti(email)spam devices work as good as the mod queue?!?!
    πŸ˜‰

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