So, I’ve been get insane amounts of comment spam lately. A couple hundred or so a day. This is a rather sudden increase from about two weeks ago, when I was getting maybe ten a day.
Either the spammers have gotten a new algorithm or there’s someone new who is very enthusiastic.
Anyway, it’s not showing up on the site, at least. Unless you’re on the Work Stoppage’s “Approved” list (a highly sought after honour), all comments get bunged into a queue where I can approve or delete them by hand. So those of you who comment aren’t likely to have trouble doing so. But you know, of course, that even with 200 spams a day I have to look through them just in case some valid comment is lost in the somewhere. And, naturally, the more obnoxious plugs for swedish gangbang tiger prawns there are, the more my eyes glaze over and I’m likely to miss something.
I am such an attention-monger that the idea of deleting even one valid comment bothers me. It is a blog, isn’t it?
So I thought I’d try this Akismet plugin that the WordPress folks seem very pleased with. Which required me to sign up for a WordPress account to get an activation key in order to use it, which I was reluctant to do, since I already have fifty bazillion usernames and passwords for stupid things all over the Interballz and I really needed one more. But, hey, if it saves the comment of someone out there who wants to shower me with approval, what the heck.
Now, after one day of active use, the Akismet is amazing. See, what it does? It creates a queue for all those comments that its algorithms determine might be spam! Then I can look through the queue to double check no valid comments might have accidentally been caught in the spam trap, and then delete them!
Exactly like I was doing before!
Except now I have two spam queues to look through! Yay!
Anyway. If you do make a comment, and it doesn’t show up in a day or so, sorry about that. You can email me instead. It’s up there. Oh, and putting in an email address when you fill in the comment field makes it easier to put you on the “Approved” list, so
I you don’t have to worry about your comments vanishing.
I’ve noticed in the past that sudden spam onslaughts like this usually die down in a week or so. I hope that’s the case this time.