on good comments and bad comments

Y’all, I’m just going to send out an all-blog apology. We have been riddled lately with the comment and trackback pings, and poor MT-Blacklist can only do so much. Fearless Leader Daniel is working on a way to get that ridiculousness far from our dear Metroblog; in the meantime . . . “teacher rape”? Ewww. We here at the Atlanta Metroblog do not condone teacher rape. Or hentai spam. Ewww!

On a more positive note, while cleaning up my share of the spam I saw that Andisheh Nouraee, known for the Loaf’s “Scene & Herd” and “Your War Questions Answered” features, has left a comment; and we shameless attention whores pleased bloggers can only return the favor by pointing you to his site and column.

3 Comments so far

  1. Bill (unregistered) on April 26th, 2005 @ 10:56 pm

    I recommend using a “captcha.” That’s one of those “type the numbers you see below” tools. I installed on one my blog and KILLED comment spam. Seriously, not one has slipped through the cracks since the install. I also changed the name of my comments file, which is one of the other suggestions you often hear.

    The captcha I used is free online somewhere. I’ll dig up the link and post it. And I know some people complain that captchas are unfair to visually impaired surfers…I’ll leave it up to you guys to figure that one out.

    Whatever you all decide to do, I hope it works. I’m still getting emails whenever old posts I put on this site get comment or trackback spam…and I have no way to turn off the “auto email” feature now that I’m not a contributor. :)

  2. Frank (unregistered) on April 27th, 2005 @ 11:37 am

    I’ve had very good success with Brad Choate’s SpamLookup (http://bradchoate.com/projects/spamlookup/), which deploys a few different countermeasures, on an inactive weblog I maintain which was getting pounded by comment and trackback ping spam.

    I don’t get any real comments, so I can’t tell if it flags real comments as spam, but in the last 2 weeks, it’s blocked more than 100 spam comments (and trackbacks). Between it and Jay Allen’s MT-Blacklist (http://www.jayallen.org/projects/mt-blacklist/) (I’m running both concurrently), I haven’t had a spam comment or trackback get through.

  3. Andisheh Nouraee (unregistered) on April 27th, 2005 @ 7:17 pm

    Thanks for the kind words. I’ll update my site ASAP to include links to this page and your personal page.

    Something of interest, perhaps — i just completed my first Podcast. It’s entirely Atlanta-themed. Barring accident or boredom, it’ll be a weekly thing.


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