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Spammers of the World, I salute you. (44 posts)

  1. NuclearMoose
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

  2. thicke
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I second that.....Especially that guy that did the trencaspammers spam.

  3. Kafkaesqui

    Posted 9 years ago #

    Hey, shouldn't that finger be covered in something?

  4. dss
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    It's always best to practise safe salutes.

  5. error
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    764 comment spams in one night last night. That's a record at my site, where I usually get one or two a week. This means war.

  6. xtool
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Amen!

  7. dss
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Yes, seems that some lucky porn/casino lover didn't have a date last night...

    poor sweetie pie.

    over 1,000 filthy comment spams snared into moderation on a single blog, the others were less impressive assaults.

    not a single comment spam got through...

    and now my right index finger is exhausted from clicking the "delete" button.

    thankfull that they are dousable as a posse in 1.5

    F.

    p.s. thank you kitten!!!

  8. NuclearMoose
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    dss,
    If you use Spaminator, you can turn off email notifications and you can forget that Spaminator is hard at work helping you out. I love the blessed silence of my empty inbox and moderation queue. :)

  9. spiff06
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Well, I am using Spaminator and updated to the latest nightly just a couple of days ago.

    This morning, however, truckloads of spam started coming in, and although Spaminator did catch a few, many of them went through at the rate of about 4 per minute, and appeared as approved, visible comments.

    I've now turned off commenting, so nothing gets posted, but spam is still coming through and filling up the database.

    Happy New Year to you too.

  10. dss
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    have you migrated your wp-comment-post to something... oh say like "wp-nospam.php" ?

    that always helps too (i think)

    F.

  11. spiff06
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    It may just be that I need to make Spaminator less lenient, but that's a nice, brute force method to deny any post. Thanks for sharing that. -- Eric

  12. dss
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    i got a tearful phone call from someone a week ago appologizing for being banned from my blog.

    she cleared her cookies, and entered the info correctly and was right back in business.

    one wish i have for spamminator is that the user (me) be able to set something up where a user who is already cool can continue, post links, and say whatever they want.

    yet that opens a really ugly stone door now doesn't it?

    maybe it is best to just get tougher.

    make my friends cry!

    ; )

  13. spiff06
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Improvement: I've just lowered the crapflooding setting to 10 seconds; now my moderation queue stays empty. Then turned the comments back on, *looks* like it stays clean. Now all I need to do is warn posters that comments are moderated.

    I'm wondering how many hours WP users alone are wasting on this worldwide...

  14. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 9 years ago #

    spiff06 - in answer, no more than for any other blogging system, and in reality, very probably less.

    There are many possible solutions...

  15. spiff06
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    dss: It looks as though Spaminator already does have an option similar to what you wish for:

    "Update 1/11/2004: I’ve cleaned up the code, and added a “whitelisting� check. If an email address is found to have previously approved comment, they get 5 “bonus� points to offset things like being from the same IP subnet as a spammer."

  16. spiff06
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    podz: I didn't mean to say WP bloggers have any more issues with this than others. All I'm wondering about is whether time wasted on the flooding attack that appeared in the past few hours can be at all quantified.

    (edited for clarity)

  17. Arakon
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Has anyone made a plugin yet that can auto-magically delete spam post with certain key-words? Its a real pain to sit and moderate 100 comments. That's how many I got last night.

    Of course white-listing logged in users would be nice as well. That would probably be better just not allow non-logged in users to post at all and require email back for registration.

    It used to be just a few a week but lately its gone up exponentially. Isn't this stuff covered under the CAN-SPAM act?

  18. Nederflash
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I'm wondering how many hours WP users alone are wasting on this worldwide...

    Well a lot for me, since i have 3 logs running, 1 technical (all time there is saved by the authimg plugin) 1 life log (got also spammed last night with nearly 400 comments (all taken into approval by the plugin from Matt and 1 sort of silent photolog, has no spam control and only 2 or 3 spams a month.
    So i will take the lifelog into the auth img hack also i guess, not the user friendly but certainly the most effective so far.

  19. Glo
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I'm using WordPress Hashcash formally known as Spam Stopgap Extreme and I haven't had a single comment spam in my moderation queue since I implemented it. Plus all legitimate comments are getting through without any problems.

  20. error
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I'm trying to be somewhat conservative with spam blocking because I don't want to deny commenting to a legitimate user, and I'm not quite ready to make everyone register to post comments, or make them type numbers off an image.

    After the massive comment spams of the other night I installed a modified version of John Sinteur's blackhole solution which I've hacked to check multiple blackhole lists and if someone tries to comment, they get redirected to the "why am I listed in this blackhole" page for whichever list they were found on. So far no further comment spam or false positives, but I'm keeping an eye on it.

  21. EvilBeAr
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    spam karma works best for me. It warms my heart to get the digest every 50 deleted comments. I read them and I see (TREATMENT: HELL) Its a beautiful thing haha.. Spam has been stopped!

  22. ottofilm
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    and now my right index finger is exhausted from clicking the "delete" button.

    DSS - I'm waiting for 1.5 before deciding what sort of "better" commentspam blocking I need if anything, but for now, I did this... right around line 161 of moderation.php (in wp-admin/) you'll find:

    <input type="radio" name="comment[<?php echo $comment->comment_ID; ?>]" id="comment[<?php echo $comment->comment_ID; ?>]-nothing" value="later" checked="checked" /> <label for="comment[<?php echo $comment->comment_ID; ?>]-nothing"><?php _e('Do nothing') ?></label>

    Just moved that checked="checked" part to the line before, so it looked like this:

    <input type="radio" name="comment[<?php echo $comment->comment_ID; ?>]" id="comment[<?php echo $comment->comment_ID; ?>]-delete" value="delete" checked="checked" /> <label for="comment[<?php echo $comment->comment_ID; ?>]-delete"><?php _e('Delete') ?></label>

    This way, when you go into the comment moderation panel, everything is already checked to delete; on the off chance something real is caught in there, just check it to approve or do nothing instead.

    This won't work well, of course, if you have piles of real comments also waiting moderation, but I don't think I've ever had a real comment get held for approval. And now I can delete dozens and dozens of comment spams with one click. I think something like this will be on by default in 1.5.

  23. thomasso
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Actually, A friend of mine (only of Blog relation) did something to her BLog that required only a little bit of code and five minutes of time and made the world of difference to her Blog. She change the routine of how you place a comment after a post. On hers' http://www.netchick.ca/ you must input a check box to upload your comment. Being that SPAMMER's use programs to send their SPAM on blogs, they would have to write a very complex set of instructions to answer the check box. Now, I did go to the Word Press winki and looked at the plug ins, but I never saw anything that resembled this method? I should also point out the NetChick uses B2 rather then WordPress so I'm not sure how much different the code would be: java, php or HTML? My coding skills are at a grade one level..... so if someone out there would like to try this idea, hey, I think it would be grate! Alt least you wouldn't have to turn off your comments until the SPAMMERs figured out to get around that one? Have a look at the check-box in the comment window she uses, she claims that her SPAM has stopped.

    Just thinking out loud... :)

    I salute them too Nuclear Moose!

  24. Daz
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    You know, I have eliminated the spam completely on my site for everything that appears to be zombie/robot related. I simply added in a captcha (authorization graphic) for inputting comments in my site and my spam went from about 175 a day to zero. No joke. I **lurv** captcha.

    I know it won't help me with human posters of craptacular spam and such (which the default 1.2.2 moderation thingy picks up) but the comment spam was stressing me aout enough to really lower the enjoyment I was getting out of my site (more maintenance == less writing == me more unhappy).

    I'd recommend it to most people. There is a reason so many sites use the captcha approach.

  25. Saberkitty
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I'd salute the spammers of the world too, but I seem to be quite ignored in the spammer community. I'm obviously not important enough to spam. /me runs off crying

  26. spiff06
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Saberkitty: Knock on wood. I was blissfully thinking the same just three days ago.

    Spaminator seems to work quite well, but I'm thinking to complement it with the blacklist plugin & a cron job to update it once a day.

  27. dss
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Thanks for the input on improving my use of the spamminator.

    After another whallop of 700+ fantastic messages about all kinds of gramma porn, i decided to go ahead and beef it up.

    the next wave went to trash, and i didn't even have to hear about it.

    but i felt the stall on my server.

    like a creepy spamquake.

    /me comforts poor, poor Saberkitty.

    Awh...

  28. Arakon
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Too bad there isn't a way to stop the spam before it starts wasting my server resources and bandwidth. You have to wait until after the page is served and the cycles have run and information is sent back before it can be determined to be a spam-spider.

    I wonder if there is a way to detect and stop spidering. Maybe write a script that detects unsual page requests/intervals and starts feeding 404's instead?

    404's not written with php and served as static html should be a lot easier on the system resources.

  29. roro
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I receive 100 messages yesterday!!

    I was thinking of adding an obligatory input field, and an image with a number or text, so to comment you have to see the image and type it.

    There was one script for wordpress that does that, but my server dont have all the requiments, so I want to made one without a dynamic image, just a static image made by me.

    What you think?

  30. error
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I'm working on a hack which simply closes comments if the spammer is coming from a known IP address that's on a blackhole list. If your IP is on a blackhole list (who knows, it might be!) visit my blog and see it in action. Hopefully I'll be able to release it soon. Also be sure to check out my self-contained SpamAssassin plugin if you have access to a SpamAssassin server.

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