Die, spammers, DIE!!!

Over the last few days, I’ve noticed a few spam comments slipping by SpamKarma2. At least a few of the bastards seem to have figured out a way around the javascript payload test. These have all been direct comments, not trackbacks or pingbacks. SK2 still works pretty well, as it’s catching about 20+ spams for each one it allows through, so I’m thinking about supplementing SK2 with WP-Gatekeeper.

I had some trouble with Gatekeeper earlier, but I think it was primarily due to the fact that I have multiple themes on my blog. (I also saw a note in the Gatekeeper changelog about a bug that blocked trackbacks and/or pingbacks in the version I was using.) I’ve upgraded Gatekeeper to RC4, and I’m going to disable the theme switcher (and my other themes). Then I’ve got to hard-code a call to Gatekeeper’s challenge routine in my comment form(s).

Sounds like a job for this weekend, since it’ll probably take a few hours to get all this done. God, I hope that You have a special circle of Hell set aside for spammers!

About Jim Vanderveen

I'm a bit of a Renaissance man, with far too many hobbies for my free time! But more important than any hobby is my family. My proudest accomplishment has been raising some great kids! And somehow convincing my wife to put up with me since 1988. ;)
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5 Responses to Die, spammers, DIE!!!

  1. jim says:

    Okay, Gatekeeper is enabled and seems to be working.

  2. jim says:

    Hmm, I don’t like the message that’s given if you don’t answer the challenge. I’ve modified it, hopefully it’s meaningful now.

  3. jim says:

    I also added “(required)” to the markup template for Gatekeeper, to go along with the change I made to the error message.

    There have been 3 spam comments that slipped through today, so it looks like the situation is deteriorating rapidly! Thus my haste in deploying wp-gatekeeper. I’ll make the rest of the changes I discussed later this weekend.

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  5. Someone else below asked this already about antispam scripts. I am getting nailed with Spam on my website mails and in our blog website – now its offline too

    much spam. Is there anyway to stop this? If not, there really isn’t any point in leaving it up

    and active. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks for help, Keep up the good work. Greetings from Poland

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