I’m getting increasingly pissed off by the spam porn “comments” appearing on Troppo Armadillo, especially because it seems the spammers have now decided to target us every day, and with a particularly nasty type of spam (beastiality, incest etc). We’re now getting 10 or more such “comments” every single day, and it takes me 20 minutes or so to delete them each morning, time I then don’t have available for blogging.
From what I could work out from the comments to my recent post about this, Scott Wickstein has installed MT Blacklist on his domain, but hasn’t given his blog authors (including me) the permissions to access that area. As a result, he suggested that I email him whenever we get a spam attack, giving all the details so he can block them. However, all that would be very time-consuming. I’m certainly not prepared to leave noxious stuff like that up on the blog for a day or more while Scott gets time to do something about it, and I doubt that I have the time or patience to record all the details (IP address etc) for each of the 10 or more spam messages that get posted every single day now.
Moreover, from what I can see, these latest batches of spam each seem to emanate from totally different IP addresses. Presumably the spammers don’t have an infinite variety of available addresses, but they clearly have quite a few. Thus it seems unlikely that IP address blocking would be very effective anyway, at least in the short term. Filtering for specific words might conceivably be more effective, but given the occasional ‘post-moral’ content of this blog (e.g. yesterday’s post on the etymological roots of “cunt”), that could be quite inconvenient.
What I might have to consider doing is getting someone to install a system requiring commenters to register and obtain a password to allow them to comment on Troppo Armadillo. I’ve always resisted that expedient until now, because it substantially reduces the freedom and immediacy of access to commenting, which for me is one of the major attractions of blogging. But when you get confronted every single morning with repulsive comments containing links to beastiality, rape and incest porn, maybe it’s the lesser of two evils.
I invite discussion from readers on the best way of combatting this scourge, as well as offers of assistance from any techie gurus prepared to assist. Implementing a workable passwording system is likely to be well beyond my limited technical capabilities, at least within the even more limited time I have available.
Incidentally, to emphasise how concerned I am about this problem, I would seriously consider simply closing down Troppo Armadillo if I can’t find and implement a reasonably easy, viable way of stopping this spam porn. I’m not prepared to continue providing a vehicle for these scumbags to peddle this stomach-churning effluent of diseased human minds.
PS – I suppose a slightly less drastic alternative might be simply to disable MT commenting completely for this blog. Personally I don’t think I’d bother blogging in the absence of the dialogue that commenting facilitates, but it might interest Wendy, Geoff, Wayne, “B” etc.