In a discussion of anti-spam remedies over at Grandtextauto, Nick argues that attacking spam by crippling blogs and other arenas for public discussion is not solving anything: instead we should devise anti-spam tactics that penalise the spammers. Wouldn’t that be brilliant?

I’m getting so much spam here these days that it seems every time I look at my blog there’s new spam comments. I delete them as often as I see them (using MT-blacklist, with a blacklist growing absurdly long) but they’re incessant. And ugly and infuriating.

2 thoughts on “penalise the spammers, not the community

  1. hideki

    Hi from Japan,

    I am using POPFile that filters spams by keywords. The neat point of POPFile is that it studies and becomes more accurate to distinguish spams.

    http://popfile.sourceforge.net/

  2. Dennis G. Jerz

    My sympathies, Jill. MT-Blacklist works pretty well for my academic blog setup, though.

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