Because the previous installation of Movable Type did not have adequate protection against comment and TrackBack spam, this server was hit hard the past month.
This extraordinary problem required extraordinary measures, so I went through all of the comments myself and junked anything that was obviously spam.
- 310 legitimate comments, 1034 spam comments
- 4 legitimate TrackBacks, 843 spam TrackBacks
Please check your Junk Comments and Junk TrackBacks folders to make sure that I did not accidentally junk any legitimate feedback.
Henceforth, individual weblog authors will be responsible for keeping their sites free of advertisements for online poker sites, incest sites, bestiality porn, scat porn, and whatnot that may slip through the spam filter.
The new anti-spam filters do one of four things to entry feedback based on a numerical score that it assigns to potential spam.
- It blocks the comment or TrackBack.
- It lets it through and publishes the feedback on the individual archive page.
- It moderates the feedback. That comment or TrackBack has a yellow warning symbol beside it in the Comments (or TrackBacks) list. The weblog author must then manually publish the comment or TrackBack before it appears.
- It junks the feedback. The Comments page and the TrackBacks page have a link to a Junk Folder. Items in the Junk folder can be published or deleted. Items left in the Junk folders are automatically deleted after a period of time set by the weblog author (under Settings—>Feedback—>Junk; the default setting is 60 days.)
Individual weblog authors can customize the SpamLookup plug-in’s settings under Settings—>Plugins—>SpamLookup - Lookups, SpamLookup - Link, and SpamLookup - Keyword Filter.