January 13, 2004
The Day the Comments Died

If you're looking for "hot teen sex", I'm sorry but you're going to have to look somewhere else. The latest thing these days, as you probably know if you're a regular blog reader, is for spammers to automatically add comments to blogs that have links to their own crap pages. Sometimes hundreds of links. They do this in the hope that Google will spider this blog, find these links, and from the links artificially raise the PageRank of the crap site.

Each time this blog gets hit I have to go through all the entries manually and remove the offending comments. MovableType, the version I have installed right now, doesn't make this easy. I guess the Trotts who wrote MT were optimists and thought only about providing value. But these days you've gotta think like a spammer: "Hey, this technology is useful! How could we abuse it and make it go away?"

It wasn't a big problem here because I changed the comment form tags a little to make the form harder for spiders to spot, but the script kiddies have gone general, and yesterday I had hundreds of fake comments for "hot teen sex" and "las vegas". I don't want to deal with it, so until I upgrade MovableType to a version that has some spam blocking abilities, I'm turning off comments. Sadly, this means old comments aren't viewable either.

What do you all think about this? I guess I won't know.

Posted by Jason Hunter at January 13, 2004 12:47 PM
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