Further Spam Removal

For those of you that noticed the green hairy comment spam that cropped up while my ‘net connection decided to suck, it has been removed, all some-hundred seen and unseen spams, and the filter has been further updated with spam-blocking information. If any of you know a comment spammer, I would like to point you here.

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7 Responses to Further Spam Removal

  1. Dan says:

    They really should add image verification (the little image that has a string of text you have to type into a text box) to WP to discourage content spamming programs.

  2. Toad says:

    Yeah, that wouldn’t be a bad idea, really. The last couple days I’ve deleted 50 spams or more from the blocked comments list… it’s a pain.

    Feel like writing me one? 😉

  3. Taj says:

    I ended up killing the comment spam by adding a referer checker to wp-comments-post.php. Add this code right after the <?
    if (strpos($_SERVER[‘HTTP_REFERER’],’wildgardenseed.com’)===FALSE) {
    exit;
    }

    Of course, change wildgardenseed.com to hawkbats.com. That code was for WP 1.2.

    This would probably work for WP 1.5, which I’m running right now. (Haven’t had any spam attacks to 1.5 yet, however).

    HTH,
    Taj M

  4. Toad says:

    Thanks Taj, I’ll be looking in to that. 🙂

  5. Dan says:

    Yeah, I can code something sometime after finals are done tomorrow afternoon. If you have GD installed on this server, it will be easy to do. If not, then it may take a bit more time.

  6. Dan says:

    Just as a side note, that referrer check will work for most, but it will fail on some users’ browsers since some people use a proxy to mask the REFERER data.

  7. Taj says:

    Here’s the solution:
    http://www.ioerror.us/wp-spamassassin/

    Seems to work well for me. 🙂

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