Comments closed (due to spam)

Drupal LogoThis is just a short note to say that I’m closing comments on this site for a little while. Over the last week or so, I’ve been deluged with spam, despite having Drupal’s highly regarded Mollom module installed.

I’m not going to bother fighting spammers by moderating comments constantly. Even when reporting spam comments to Mollom, the same stuff just keeps coming back: mostly Tiffany jewellry and Ugg boots spam. If I can’t see the benefit of reporting spam to Mollom, then why bother?

What to do instead?

If you’ve found one of the tutorials or photos on this site useful and you have a website of your own, please drop me a link back. If you’re commenting on something I’ve written, I’ll pick up the response via Technorati, and it’ll help other people to find my blog.

I am available in other places on the web, like Unreality TV, Unreality Shout and Twitter. And of course, if you need to speak to me, use the “Get In Touch” link at the top of the page.

Update: I was genuinely surprised to see this post appear on Drupal Planet, but more than that, I was surprised to receive some direct messages from others.

The overwhelming advice? To install the Spamicide module for Drupal. It apparently sets a hidden field in forms. If the form is filled in by a bot, the module discards the comment. As they say, it won’t protect from human spammers, but it’ll kill of a lot of the robot-driven stuff! I’m giving it a test run tonight, and comments are reactivated (obviously).

2 comments

  1. I’ve had to come to terms that there is no one perfect spam-fighting solution. There will always being false positives. And the best solution is usually a mixed cocktail of spam-prevention services/modules.

  2. I share your frustration. No matter how many “ugg” or “uggs” I report, I keep getting more of them. I’m thinking about doing the same thing.

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