Blog and Comment Spamming
After a good three-month break, we've recently been hit with a few comment spams. You know the kind: barely literate comments or short blurbs, repetitive over a period of days, with a link to a page apparently touting dubious "stuff" (I dunno; who could be bothered to look?).
I'm guessing this spam is from spammer bots; their users are clever enough to spider your entire blog, no doubt so as to get older pages to spam in the hope that the blog owner won't notice. But apparently not clever enough to note that:
- When any comment is posted, WordPress can notify the blog owner with an email containing a link to the specific page;
- WordPress also has a comment moderation feature, meaning that you can review all comments before allowing them to display.
Blog spammers, of course, are trying to take advantage of that part of many major search engines' algorithms (ranking formulae) that gives a ranking boost to websites for the links to those websites. Given that we are here early, late and often — and that WordPress has all these nifty comment notification and moderation features — the effort put into getting such uninvited (and unwelcome) links is paid off with a link that can last less than a minute. Pretty sad excuse for marketing, I'd say.
Or, as the Oracle in The Matrix said, "Not too bright".
Anyway. This is my way of saying we've turned on comment moderation; sorry for the delay but, like the neighborhood bully who foists himself on his neighbors — all for his own gain and without a thought in the world about how he or she is despoiling the work and creations of others — it's one small measure to prevent abuse of our system and the work we've put into it. For now.
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