Saturday, 17 September 2005, 17:41:17 EDT
Comment spam is a problem common to web sites that allow anonymous people to post comments. Until recently, I have never had a problem with comment spam. I believe the reason I never had any such spam is because I used to let search engines index the main page of this site, the one you are reading. This meant that only the articles that were showing on the front page at the time any search engine indexed my site would be the only, or at least the most prominent, results for this site returned by the search engines. When I moved to this host I decided to manage my bandwidth and search engine indexing a bit better. I set the index page to tell the search engines not to index the main page, only pages linked from the main page. So, individual posts now get prominent returns in search engine results thus making it easier to find the comment form which uses some standard comment form variables. One of the tricks that comment spammers use is to look for sites that allow anonymous posts by executing searches, with popular search engines, and look for sites with forms that are common for sites such as this one. All of this is, usually, done automatically for the spammers by software written specifically for their purpose. There are some low life scum that manually do the searching and spamming; there isn't any way to stop them short of disabling the comment feature all together.
While implementing this, I found the problem that was causing the "save information" checkbox to not work. So, you shouldn't have to re-enter all of your personal information every time you want to add a comment now. Hopefully, all of this makes a difference.
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