March 25, 2013

Spam Storm: A Comment on Comments

Starting last Friday there has been a continuing attempt by spam comment creators (Blotted be their names from the Book of Life, and may a thousand weasels nest in their pants for eternity!) to overwhelm the Spam filters. Some inevitably get through and I have to weed those out by hand.

Total spam comments usually run to a total of a few hundred a day for both the main column and SideLine. Irritating but manageable. The recent onslaught, however, is running up to five or six thousand a day. This tends to overwhelm the site with read /write / filter operations which slows down legitimate comments as well as the site in general. There are fixes for this that I'm working on, but for now it is going to a slow going.

Oh yes, the filter is set to hold comments that contain a URL / link until I can approve it by hand. Sorry about that but if it were otherwise I'd be weeding out around 500 comments a day by hand. I'd have blisters on my fingers.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at March 25, 2013 5:19 PM
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Thanks but I've found that one can weather the storm. I will have to switch the whole set up over to Word Press to really get it together but I haven't sat down and learned t hat system yet and transferring the entire thing to a new Blogging system is something I'd have to learn to do. Arrrrrgh!

Posted by: vanderleun at March 25, 2013 5:37 PM

Thanks but I've found that one can weather the storm. I will have to switch the whole set up over to Word Press to really get it together but I haven't sat down and learned t hat system yet and transferring the entire thing to a new Blogging system is something I'd have to learn to do. Arrrrrgh!

Posted by: vanderleun at March 25, 2013 5:37 PM

Whoops..... there it goes again. Aieeeeee!

Posted by: vanderleun at March 25, 2013 5:38 PM

Gerard, are these "random" attacks or do you think it is orchestrated by cretins who may have issues with material and/ or comments posted here?

In any event, it's a great blog and one I read every day.

Cheers

chuck

Posted by: dhmosquito at March 25, 2013 5:38 PM

I'm sure they are random since they come and go over the months. No pattern and my host company, the wonderful Hosting Matters, have the detection and ability to defer real DOS attacks. They carry Instapundit among others and Glenn's a much, much bigger target than I would ever be.

Besides, I see the content of the comments in the background and its all pretty generic transexual and gold buying and penis enlarging stuff.

Posted by: vanderleun at March 25, 2013 5:44 PM

...generic transexual and gold buying and penis enlarging stuff. Yea, and takes you to an identity stealing, bot planting page if you go to any URL listed.

Posted by: BillH at March 25, 2013 5:53 PM

Here's one that just got through:

"Nice Guy Demo Krat Review I'm back today to discuss the drug tests effects of the substance in one's blood, which is consistent with mitragynine's receptor binding profile."

That's in response to an item titled: "Thanksgiving?s First Rifle: The Mayflower Wheel-lock Carbine"

Posted by: vanderleun at March 25, 2013 5:57 PM

Oh but you are special, Bill. Very special and with special needs.

Posted by: vanderleun at March 25, 2013 6:07 PM

Wordpress worked really well for me on spam filtering, did a nice job of fencing out the chronic assholes I'd ban on occasion as well.

You do have my deepest sympathy; migrating a blog of this depth, history and specialized content won't be a simple task.

Big hugs.


Posted by: Daphne at March 25, 2013 7:02 PM

I should probably be able to answer this question just by looking at the blog. Do you use Wordpress? I do and run the Akismet plug in. It is wonderful.

Posted by: Mike at March 25, 2013 7:24 PM

You must be speaking truth to power. You've made it.


Sultan, Moonbattery, Red State and many others have been experiencing this. It forces us to learn about
security, spam filters and all the other defense measures to combat these thoughtless, impassioned tools. It takes your time away from educating us.
Sorry

Posted by: Grace at March 26, 2013 7:39 AM