The Ongoing Spam Battle

closePlease note: This post was published over a year ago, so please be aware that its content may not be quite so accurate anymore. Also, the format of the site has changed since it was published, so please excuse any formatting issues.

After a recent deluge of spam comments to my blog, I have decided to block all e-mails coming from the mail.com domain. While mail.com appears to be a legitimate service, I get enough spam coming from their servers to warrant blocking it. Adding further to the decision is the fact that I have never, in almost 7 years of operating this blog, received a legitimate comment from anyone using a mail.com address. If a legitimate user does come along with a mail.com address, well, that’s just too bad for them.

What really irritates me is that a lot of the spam is coming from addresses at yahoo.com and gmail.com. It’s also doing a great job of fooling MovableType’s spam filter, so nearly everything is getting posted. The only protection I have against those types of spam comments are to carefully track the IP addresses and ban the ones that seem to be causing the most trouble. I don’t like banning IPs, since they’re so easily spoofed, but when 3 or 4 dozen e-mails all come from the same handful of IPs, it’s time to do some banning.

So the battle continues. For now, I’m winning. I hate to think that a day will come when I have to make changes that inconvenience users, or worse, stop accepting comments altogether.

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