Additional spam filter and comment subscriptions installed

December 6th, 2008 by jason Leave a reply »

I’ve been dealing with an increasing amount of comment spam since mid last week and I decided to do something proactive about it.  I’ve installed a new spam filter plugin called Simple Spam Filter for WordPress by tan tan noodles.  It leverages both Akismet and reCAPTCHA technologies but in a slightly non-traditional way which I prefer.

When a user submits a blog post comment, they are not automatically required to decode a reCAPTCHA banner image.

If their comment passes the Akismet filter and it passes filters integrated in the Simple Spam Filter, the comment will be posted as is.

If the comment fails either of the previously mentioned filter checks, then the comment submission will be challenged by a reCAPTCHA banner image.  If the reCAPTCHA banner image is decoded successfully, the comment will post.  If the reCAPTHA banner image is not decoded successfully, the comment is immediately rejected and discarded (it won’t wait for me in a spam queue for approval).

Since I haven’t used it before, I can’t guarantee this plugin is 100% bug free. If you are having any issues submitting comments, please let me know via email so I can look into it.  The last thing I want to do is hinder meaningful discussions or the functionality of this blog.

I also installed the Subscribe To Comments and WP-Mail-SMTP plugins earlier this evening which allow readers to subscribe to new comments as well as manage their existing comment subscriptions.  Notification is delivered via Email (hence the need for the Mail plugin).  I’d like to thank and recognize Rich Brambley over at vmetc.com for leading me to the comment subscription plugin.

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9 comments

  1. Duncan says:

    Let’s hope you get less spam from now on. For some reason I don’t get that much spam.

  2. Rich says:

    Glad you got the subscribe to comments working!

    I’ve been happy with the default Askimet filter for spam (it’s blocked over 10,000 spam comments and trackbacks for me), but I set WordPress to require approval for comments with more than one link in them too for extra protection.

    I’m curious how well the reCaptcha function works in your plugin though!

  3. Roger Lund says:

    Jason,

    Sorry to hear about the spam problem, but I guess that means people read your site.

    Roger

    http://rogerlunditblog.blogspot.com/

  4. jason says:

    Thanks guys! Z E R O SPAM so far since installing the new filters last night. At the recent pace, by now I would have had at least 3-6 SPAM comments.

    Duncan, consider yourself lucky.

    Jas

  5. Vladan says:

    That’s for sure, spam is a pain in the ass. What a time waste to clen the spam everyday. Luckily I was not affected yet (not much). But on my other website where I’m not running WordPress, I gave up. I’m gonna migrate to WordPress too.

    Good job, Jason. Great blog.

    Vladan

  6. Ham says:

    I’m in ur blog, virtualizing ur spam ;]

  7. jason says:

    Thank you for the comments. It has been about 24 hours since I installed the new filters and I have zero spam. So far so good.

  8. Duncan is definitely one of the lucky ones. I used to spend at least 30 minutes a day going through bogus comments on my site. Definitely unproductive. Looks like you identified and ended the problem quickly and with an elegant solution to boot!

  9. jason says:

    Update: Spam free since installation. Wow how nice.

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