If we change to inline comments, the terrorists have won!

I'm getting spammed again. When it's a few comments a day, it's okay, but when I get, like 100 in 15 minutes, it's a bit more worrisome. It has happened in the past that I get so many spam comments that it overloads my host's servers and they disable scripts on my account, meaning that Real People can't leave comments. As a temporary fix, I have changed the names of my scripts (this won't affect you at all unless I've done it wrong!), but I am starting to consider moving to inline comments (where you would click on the 'blah blahs' link and it would take you to the individual entry page's comments section) rather than popups. I've always preferred the convenience of popups, but desperate times call for desperate housewives or something. As I say, I've fixed things for now, but I suppose this is a heads-up that things might change in the future.

srah - Friday, 23 December 2005 - 11:00 AM
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Comments (7)

gravatar buzz - December 23, 2005 - 12:40 PM -

Merry Christmas, Srah!! I hope Santa brings slow painful death to all spammers!! (That doesn't seem too Christmas-spirity, does it? Sorry.)

gravatar Pauly D - December 28, 2005 - 12:57 AM -

Happy Holidays!

My New Year's resolution to you is that I'll stop giving your e-mail address and blog URL to spam companies, okay?

OK.

gravatar sarah - December 28, 2005 - 10:05 AM -

boo for inline comments. what's yoru blogging software? does it have captchas?

gravatar srah - December 28, 2005 - 8:28 PM -

I've got Movable Type. Can you use kaptchas with that?

gravatar patricia - December 29, 2005 - 9:17 AM -

pmachine now has a free version of expressionengine. i've found EE to be much, much better at keeping spammers away. i do seem to recall that there was an MT plugin for Captchas. I never installed it though so not sure how well it works. You might want to check the MT plugin library.

gravatar katie - January 10, 2006 - 6:39 PM -

Hooray for late commenting! Um...why would inline comments help?

gravatar srah - January 10, 2006 - 7:50 PM -

Apparently the spammers take advantage of the script that pops up the comments. Or maybe it's that the stress on that particular script is what brings the site down. Or something. I don't know - I read somewhere that you shouldn't do it.

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