Comments and Trackbacks

I’ve noticed a considerable increase in junk comments and trackbacks recently. I’m not entirely sure what’s going on, but the spammers seem to have found a way of cirumventing some of the anti-spam features that Movable Type has built in. These are still getting junked, but there’s an awful lot to wade through to find any false-positives.

I’ve also noticed that one of the lookup services seems to be marking down perfectly legitimate sites (even as “spam” when clearly they aren’t. I’ve found a number of comments and trackbacks that should have been posted in with the junk as a consequence, so if you post a message on here and it doesn’t appear then I apologise. I’ll dig it out eventually and publish it.

In the meantime, you increase the chance of your comment being junked if you leave a URL to your own site in the form. You’re welcome to do this of course, but you can almost guarantee your comment appearing if you leave that blank. I’m starting white-list a bunch of sites, so regular visitors shouldn’t need to worry.

Please bare with me while I get this sorted out.

  1. Yeah, I’m getting tons of spam trackbacks. It’s starting to get a bit annoying, but none of them are getting published, which is good I suppose.

    I think what they’re doing is including URLs like AOL and MSN in these spam attempts so that even these URLs are getting listed in the central blacklist.


  2. I don’t get too many (any) false positives since I started using Akismet. I don’t know if there’s a version for MT, but it’s very good.

  3. Thanks Hurri. It appears that there is a version of that I can use. I’ll check it out 🙂

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