Spam poison

”I may be wright, and I may be wrong, but the Spam Poison link on top of my blog seems to have a very nice side-effect on the comment-spam; it looks like my blog is being blacklisted by the spammers and their robots. While the number of visitors and pageviews over the last months has increased, the comment spam has come down from a couple of hundreds per day to almost zero. I’ve been thinking about it, but I can’t find another reason. When I moved to my new server two months ago on this very day, I was forced to remove the Captcha! plugin after having rebuilded MovableType on the new HP-UX server. Because of security issues Verio does not allow (yet) the installation of the Perl Image::Magick module on HP-UX hosting plans. This module parses the little PNG with the security code commenters had to enter before being able to comment. I know there are more options – MT BlackList, renaming the comment and the trackback cgi’s, IP-banning – but, although initially I felt quiet naked without Captcha!, I decided to keep the comment system open, and see what would happen. There’s only one protection running now; if a bot starts to flood, after a few comments in a certain number of seconds the IP-number of the commenter is automatically banned my MovableType, and that happens every once in a while.”

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