A less intelligent strain of blog spam

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2007/10/19 10:01 -04:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2007/10/19/5519516.aspx

I am under attack here by spam and by splogs (hundreds of messages a day almost none of which is getting through due to my comment settings but almost none of which is getting caught by the spam filters. :-(

They seem to be equal opportunity (looking at any post as a good target) though three in particular get the bulk of the lame traffic attempts:

Other than the Suggestion Box, which I guess is more widely seen with a link available from every page, I don't see much rel reason behind the focus in these posts. The attempts at spam are all over the map from porn to Viagra to artificial enhancements of various sorts for both sexes (or maybe the undecided of one sex), nothing really to do with the post topics.

They take two different forms, with a third formerly common one that I don't see much of these days:

Things may have picked up a it since I opened up comments longer than 90 days, but I am not quite ready to give up on that just yet....

Is it unreasonable to ask for a bit more intelligent targeting of the spam here? So it can at least claim some nominal sort of relevance? Am I reaching for the stars here?

I guess providing servics in Windows to improve the searching for relevant spam targets would be counter-producctive for users, on the whole. :-)


No one really wanted to sponsor this post, though within a few days Viagra might try to sponsor it

# Elsebeth on 19 Oct 2007 12:16 PM:

Hmm - I get the same spam on my blog, but my Wordpress spam filters catch virtually all of them.

# Skywing on 19 Oct 2007 6:09 PM:

Ah, too bad you don't use WordPress.  For all of WP's failings, Akismet (http://akismet.com/) eliminates the vast majority of comment spam I get - maybe one a week or so gets through the filter.  I haven't had a whole lot of trouble with false positives, either, at least not so far.

According to its stats readout, it claims to have eaten 23K spam comments so far, so.. it's definitely better than nothing :)

They do have an XML-RPC API, so I suppose it might conceivably be possible to implement it in asp.net, but given that blogs.msdn.com is a shared hosting thing, I guess that probably wouldn't go over well.  Yet another reason why I prefer hosting stuff on my own hardware.

# Michael S. Kaplan on 19 Oct 2007 8:27 PM:

Turns out I had the settings reversed! I am going to try and fix whast I may have broken myself....

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