Closing comments

I just closed comments on all posts older than this one. In the past 3 days, I have received 892 spam attempts-at-comments. Everything goes through moderation, so this doesn’t end up being an issue for anyone except for me, who has to sort through all the notifications and spam to try and find the wheat in the chaff.

I hate sites that do this, but it was getting *really* annoying, and nobody comments anyway.

4 Responses to “Closing comments”

  1. Jon Leighton Says:

    Have you tried either the Akismet or Spam Karma plugins?

  2. symbee Says:

    I know how you feel. I just gave up and closed my blog. A real shame that such things happen. Hang in there, I enjoy your posts regarding the sematic web and pyS60

  3. Christopher Schmidt Says:

    Jon: For whatever reason, most of the plugins that are supposed to be anti-spam have never worked from me. Either they mark everything as spam and dump it into the moderation queue, or they mark nothing as spam. I’m not really convinced that the current version of wordpress that I’m running is working correctly in that respect: it seems like there are some parts of the plugins in that area that are broken.

    I really need to upgrade to WP2.0 at some point, but “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” applies here.

    Symbee: Luckily, I can mark everything for Moderation, which is a pretty decent solution to the problem. It still means I have to go through occasionally and clear out the queue, but the site is still usable without comments, just slightly less interactive. Hopefully this will encourage me to check the comments I get more commonly.

  4. Bill McGonigle Says:

    Man, I feel it. I had to disable my comments and that also broke posting on my blog with the version of WordPress I have. I’ve been ignoring it for like a month while I get the data into Typo. Spammers suck.