Lately, I’ve been getting some comment spam. It’s been pissing me off, too. I know there are people out there who have blogs and have 80 times more spam than I do, but I still don’t like it. As such, I’ve added a blacklist to comments. If you post a comment with one of the blacklisted words in it, it will go up for comment moderation. It won’t be posted until I accept it.

Also, I have added another required field to the comment section. You have to put the number that is in “17th Degree.” The answer is simply 17. This is a fairly simple attempt that should thwart the simple spam attacks I’m getting.

If anyone has any serious problems making a comment, shoot me an email at admin (at) 17thdegree.com or leave a comment here ( assuming you can ;-) )

That is all.

5 Responses to “Stupid Comment Spam”

  1. James Says:

    This is just a test to make sure this is working…

  2. James Says:

    FYI: It is.

  3. Jeff Croft Says:

    Clever idea with the number passkey thing. Comment spam is a bitch. I delete 20+ spam messages per day, and I have MT-Blacklist and .htaccess methods in place that are supposed to help prevent it. Nothing seems to work very well. If this works out for you, I might be begging for your code very soon. :)

  4. James Says:

    I only get about 5-10 a day, but that’s way too many in my book. In the whole hour this has been implemented, I haven’t gotten any spam comments through. I don’t think that quite counts though ;-).

  5. JeffCroft.com Journal Says:

    Add a required field to deter comment spam?
    James Asher uses an additional required field in his comments form to prevent spam on his WordPress-powered blog. Would something similar work in MovableType?

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