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Another Movable Type Spam Prevention Method

I get hammered with spam on this site, and for the most part Akismet, Spamlookup, MT Autoban, along with a few other hacks, have kept it from appearing on the site and putting too much of a load on my server. I recently installed a new plugin called NoHarvester, which blocks comment spammers from using zombie computers to do their spamming (basically does an IP address check) as that seems to be a fairly common attack lately.

While so far it appears to be working just fine, please let me know if you're having trouble or if it thinks you're spamming by e-mailing utterlyboring [at] gmail [dot] com, as I can only test this so much.

Speaking of spam, I have 10,123 published comments on this site, but the comment table's auto-incremented ID is set at 55,442. So for every one published comment, I've received nearly 4.5 spam comments (and that's only counting ones that have made it into my database -- I'm sure I've blocked thousands of others that have never made it to my server).

Update: Yes, I know there is spam on this entry. It's been marked as junk on the back-end, but it's still showing up. I'm working with SixApart to troubleshoot the problem, as something isn't right, so I'm leaving the spam there temporarily as an example.

Posted by Jake on 09/27/06 @ 01:02 PM
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