taking steps

Tue Jun-5th-2007 // Filed under: Spam Patrol

I’m getting more and more spam in the comments here, and at this point, even though Akismet catches just about all of it, I wouldn’t mind cutting down on it just a little bit, because frankly, I’ve got better things to do than check through it just to see if Akismet has been overeager to catch spam and shitcanned legitimate comments — it does that every once in a while.

To this end, I’ve added a captcha on the comments — y’know, one of those “type in what you see in this box in order to leave the comment” things. Based on my own tests, it’s not too much of a pain in the ass, and it seems to work okay. Let me know if it’s hugely fucking annoying and I’ll do something about it.

Edit: Annnd… it does just about nothing. Yowza. Of course, I was already aware that a lot of the spambots can now defeat captcha checks, but I thought it’d at least cut down on the flow of incoming crap a little. No such luck; I installed the thing about an hour ago or so, and I’ve received nearly fifty pieces of spam in that time. Guess I’d better see if I can tweak the settings and find something that trumps the bots’ image recognition and still keeps the text readable by human eyes.

Edit2: Okay, seriously now — it ain’t working. At all. I’ve been hit with at least 300 spam comments since I installed the damn thing earlier today, and I don’t see any evidence it’s cutting down on the spam at all, no matter what fonts, settings or combination thereof I try. It doesn’t do any good and makes things more difficult for legitimate users, so out it goes. My short-lived but otherwise quite awesome experiment has proven that at least the captcha provided by the Cryptographp is about as useful and efficient as a cheesecloth condom.


  1. The sad thing is that as pointless as all those viagra and penis-enlargement spam messages are to us, they work: they are a profitable enterprise, and therefore money will be spent on new and sophisticated ways to let us all see (even if for an instant) how we can apply for a Payday loan, and the interest is just 450%!!

    Who falls for these scams, anyway? There must be lots of people, I just never meet them…

    Comment by Dragon — June 6, 2007 @ 1181122000

  2. Of course you don’t. That’s because you don’t generally associate with complete and utter ding-dongs.

    Comment by Mikki — June 6, 2007 @ 1181133211

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