Anti-spam step

I’ve enabled a feature to lock comments on all posts on this blog that are older than 21 days. I’m also selectively going to turn off trackbacks and pingbacks for posts like this one. For a site with less than a half-dozen regular visitors (hi, by the way, and thanks again for stopping by), I get peppered with a ridiculous volume of comment spam. I’m up to about 30 a day, give or take, and although it only takes a few seconds to log in and delete the spam from my comment queue, I’m tired of messing with it.

My last attempt to slow down comment spam resulted in inadvertently shutting off commenting entirely unless someone had an account on this site. For those few of you who do come here and occasionally leave comments, I don’t want you to have to register in order to post comments. The way it works is that I have to approve your first comment, and once that first comment is approved your subsequent comments should show up immediately without needing to be moderated. So far, I’ve liked how that has worked.

Still, slogging through 90 spam comments increases the likelihood that I’ll accidentally delete from the queue somebody’s first comment that should be legit and allowed to be posted. So I’m going to see if shutting off comments on posts older than three weeks will at least slow the spam down. If this doesn’t work to my satisfaction my next steps will likely be to ratchet the window down to 14 days, and then to seven.

After that, I may just have to deal with clearing out the comment queue every other day or so.

Andy Bartlett

By day, I am the executive director of communications and marketing at Bemidji State University. The rest of the time, I'm a husband, father of three, and proponent of super heroes, lasers, space ships and explosions.

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