Blog get spammed!!?! how to stop it? (47 posts)

  1. Fahim
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Petri: Most spambots are dumb but not all :p I've been using a renamed wp-comments-post.php file for weeks now and I still do get some spam - even from the dreaded poker spammer. The trick is to use a combination of methods so that you are covered on one front even if they get through on another ....

  2. Root
    Posted 11 years ago #

    I have changed the name of my comments php file as suggested in another thread and it seems to have killed it. Can't be sure though because one single comment did seem to sneak in but insignificant compared to my previous torrent. But for a quick and very simple fix it certainly seemed to deliver as advertised.

  3. ephricon
    Posted 11 years ago #

    The poker guy hit me too - first day my blog was up! Thanks everyone for the ideas...

  4. Dexterity
    Posted 11 years ago #

    I started getting blog-spammed by this poker jerk too. It turns out his site is an affiliate of Empire Poker, and he's violating their affiliate agreement by spamming blogs like this on their behalf. So I suggest everyone here send an email to affiliate@empirepoker.com (email address grabbed from their web site) to complain about this spammer and ask that they terminate his affiliate account immediately. His affiliate ID is apparently 1710078. I've already done this myself, so I suggest all of you do the same -- the more complaints they receive, the better. At least we should be able to keep this jerk from continuing to make money from such annoying behavior.

  5. Anonymous
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Hmm, I am not so sure that an online poker site even one as repuatable...wait a minute� is going to be to bummed out by a few emails from bloggers. No offense, really. I read the agreement and there is one token reference to spamming under "Fraud Traffic." Maybe if one of you is an attorney too and could send them something with a little more teeth they would stop him, but I reckon he's generating some revenue for them. I hate him too, and I guess this isn't going to hurt, exept to give them more email addresses. I dunno, maybe I'm too bitter.

  6. Anonymous
    Posted 11 years ago #

    I tried sending an e-mail to the online poker people, that affiliates@... e-mail address does not work.
    Just to let everyone know.

  7. James Huff
    Support Representative
    Posted 11 years ago #

    I tried sending an e-mail to the online poker people, that affiliates@... e-mail address does not work.

    It rarely ever does.

  8. Anonymous
    Posted 11 years ago #

    I have a question about changing the comments.php and comments-post.php. has anyone tried it? Has it worked for others becuase it has not worked for me. Please let us all know. I just got hit by that poker fucker.

  9. charle97
    Posted 11 years ago #

    it works for the lazy spammers, but it can easily be circumvented by checking the source of page.

  10. James Huff
    Support Representative
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Changing wp-comments-post.php (as described here: http://wordpress.org/support/3/13443 ) works great for me. Just a few tips, make sure the new name has nothing to do with comments or post and delete the old wp-comments-post.php file after uploading the new one. You don't need to change the wp-comments.php file.

  11. vylostal
    Posted 11 years ago #

    How about making anti robot verification using picture with embedded text in it and some transforms to make it impossible (very difficult) to use automatic OCR. Same as in Yahoo mail sign in.
    Put this both registering as a new user and posting a comment without logging in. This should stop automatic spamming.
    php images gives quite good tools, but there is not very good image manipulation.
    Some example code to get started:
    $string = rand(1,9999);
    $im = imagecreate(100,50);
    $bg_color = imagecolorallocate($im, 200, 255, 255);
    $tx_color = imagecolorallocate($im, 0, 0, 00);
    $px = (imagesx($im)/2 - 7.5 * strlen($string)) ;
    imagestring($im, 5, $px, 9, $string, $tx_color);
    if ($im !== false) {
    header('Content-Type: image/png');
    else {
    echo 'Error creating image';
    I will try to make some patch to wordpress. If it is left as option and disabled as default it would be great.
    Data can be transferred back to wordpress using md5 hash over known key and random value. Random value should be created during installation.

  12. charle97
    Posted 11 years ago #

  13. Anonymous
    Posted 11 years ago #

    The picture verification hack MUST be implemented as part of the core development NOW - please! It would be a great help in preventing SPAM and make WordPress so much better to use.

  14. circuitjump
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Hello everyone,
    I've been having the same issues with some spammer on one of my sites. Unfortunately the site it's happening to is ran with Cafe Log. But I am making the jump to WordPress soon.
    I found this post doing a search on Google so I thought it would be appropriate to put my temporary solution on here for others to see and get a basic idea that they can probably build.
    Here is the code.
    '// Catch Spammer
    $spammer = array('poker supplies',
    'free online poker',
    'poker rooms',
    'pacific poker',
    'world poker tour',
    'poker tips',
    'paradise poker',
    'texas hold\'em poker',
    'empire poker',
    'poker rules',
    'internet poker',
    'poker online',
    'online poker sites',
    'poker tables',
    'online poker rooms',
    'poker books',
    'texas holdem poker',
    'party poker',
    'poker chips',
    'free poker online',
    'texas hold\'em',
    'casino games',
    'casino online',
    'free casino games',
    'internet casino',
    'free casino online',
    'online blackjack',
    'online casino',
    'free online casino',
    'poker stars');
    if (in_array($author, $spammer, true)) {
    print "<script language=\"JavaScript\"> \n<!--\n window.location=\"http://www.anti-leech.com/spam/spambot_stopper.php\"; \n // --> \n</script>";
    Again this is a temporary solution and this is being posted just to help where I can.

  15. circuitjump
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Oops it looks like it didn't like the JS but here it is
    'window.location=\"http://www.yourdomain.com/\"; \n'

  16. James Huff
    Support Representative
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Thanks George, but we have plenty of solutions like that all ready. http://www.tamba2.org.uk/wordpress/spam/

  17. kmurphy
    Posted 11 years ago #

    I have used word press on two not for profit sites that are concerned with environment and forestry policy. One of them gets no comment spam yet, the other gets poker guys crap. Not too much yet. But I can tell from these posts it is going to get annoying enough that the people who should be minding the site will just give up with it. I am not the saviest when it comes to the net, but am amazed that this type of spam is so hard to control. Can't or isn't there anyone out there who can simply follow the money and arrest these guys??

    We are in a prisoners dilemma here if we (or rather the skilled good-guy programers) keep reacting to the different methods that these clowns use to ruin our blogs. If these comment spammers are spamming these blogs that have nothing to do with poker, then I suppose they are doing it so that there search engine hits increase. I read a post by someone who decided to leave the poker guys posts up and their site stats went up. So if we all do that, well.... the prisoners dilema...

    Anyway, I came here to find a quick solution to poker guys annoyances and now see that a quick solution is not in the books. Hence my rant about following the money. I put these sites together on a volunteer basis and find the time to upkeep them and try to get others to do the same, Poker guys crap is going to make that hard to do...

    Poker guy must make money by comment spamming us. What we need to do is somehow follow that money and utilize new anti spam legislation to put an end to it. I know it is not as simple as that; that is the nature of a collective action problem, and when I say we, I mean all the users of the internet who don't like spam, so not a very focused group... but... oh what the hell, *sigh* I am just wasting time ranting, will go delete the spam and hope the 'we' of the internet can figure out a way to make spam go away...
    First step... don't make it valuable to spammers, delete all of your comment spam...

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