Spam: Better and worse

Just a quick update to this post (and others regarding spamments and spam linkbacks):

The good: In general, Blake Carver’s changes have worked. Virtually no trackback attempts wind up in Spam Karma’s spam report, which–on most days–means that total spamments are down to two-digit numbers, frequently only a dozen or so per day. Sometimes even less.

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The not-so-good: What does wind up in the Spam Karma list–and, fortunately, almost always there, not on the blog (I’ve had to delete two fairly tricky spam comments in the last two months; that’s not bad) is much nastier than before, at least in the portion (poster’s “name” and first couple words of comment) that shows up in the summary list. This is stuff I wouldn’t repeat here…at best degrading, at worst illegal. I’m not a prude, but “filth” sums up most of it. Still, it takes less than a minute a day to check and make sure real comments didn’t get flagged as spam (which has also happened two or three times in the last two months).

And I still haven’t had to go to total moderation or Capcha. It’s fortunate that this is only a midrange blog in terms of traffic (averaging 1275 sessions/day since 9/1/06), and only has pagerank 6, the vast middle ground of Google pagerank, making it a less attractive target. I do not envy “A-listers,” even in the modest realm of library blogs!

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