Having spoken to others bloggers about this it appears I’m not alone in receiving a huge increase in comment spam lately. The majority of it starts with phrases like “Hello, nice site this” and “Can I share some resources with you?” followed by a big list of URLs for ringtones sites (many of which pointing to hijacked wikis and forums). Thus far they’ve all been blocked, thanks to my various anti-spam plugins, but they’ve still made it into my database and require checking every once in a while just in case a legitimate email has inadvertently slipped in there – it hasn’t happened in a long time but I still like to check first. Considering I’m now getting about 100 spams a day, this often proves to be somewhat labourious.
I recently turned off trackback, which is something that no-one seems to miss so it’ll stay off for the time being. I’ve been getting almost nothing but spam from it lately so I saw no reason to keep it on – I was getting about 1 legitimate ping for every 99 spam pings, which is just not worth it.
Unfortunately, since people are commenting here less, that figure is also applying to comments. Lately I’ve been barely pushing 2 legitimate comments a day, and still getting about 100 spams. By rights I should really be disabling comments too with those sorts of statistics but people are at least commenting, from time to time. It probably doesn’t help that I haven’t really said a lot of late so people haven’t had a lot to comment on.
I’m going to upgrade to Movable Type 3.31 later on this weekend so we’ll see what effect that has, if any.