So let’s say you run a reasonably popular weblog that’s open to comments from anyone and everyone. Let’s also say in the same breath that you don’t necessarily believe that turning off comments on older entries is a good way of squashing the comment spam problem, though it is terribly effective. For the sake of completeness, let’s also say that you’ve bought into the idea that blacklists are inherently flawed, a losing proposition, and so you haven’t bothered using them.
But let’s also say that you have received a proportionately infinitesimal volume of spam despite it all, given how attractive a target your weblog must be.
Well, I was going to tell you about the two days of battling spam I had this weekend. I was going to tell you how, by keeping on top of it, you could have eliminated the need for things like Blacklists and such. I was going to cover how spammers use Google to find open targets, and by reducing your spam profile you could have used other people’s lack of security as a buffer to protect yourself.
But then I saw this (thanks Mark) and I realized that all bets are off. This is the same thing that happened to me this weekend. The free ride is over. Comments on older posts are getting turned off today, and comments on future posts will be scattered and available only for a short time. It was fun while it lasted.
I don’t like it, but that’s the sound of inevitability.
update: Six Apart released MT 2.66 on 01/14/04, which introduces new measures to combat comment spam.