Admin: Comment and Pingback Limits

I’ve been spending a lot of time deleting comment and pingback spam from my two blogs (most of it from the moderation queue). My first impulse was to ban comments and pingbacks completely — after all, some blogs seem to do fine without them, and most people technically-oriented enough to read Quoderat already have their own blogs that they can use to comment on mine.

After some thought, however, I’ve decided on a compromise — I’m going to leave postings from the current and previous month open for comments, but close any older ones. That should eliminate a lot of the spam, but still allow discussion on recent postings. I might tighten that up a bit more, but I’ll give it a chance, first.

How is everyone else dealing with comment/pingback/traceback spam? My blog isn’t all that popular — it must be much worse for blogs with high rankings.

About David Megginson

Scholar, tech guy, Canuck, open-source/data/information zealot, urban pedestrian, language geek, tea drinker, pater familias, red tory, amateur musician, private pilot.
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5 Responses to Admin: Comment and Pingback Limits

  1. Norman Walsh says:

    It must be a consequence of the fact that I don’t use any “standard” blogging software, but I get almost no spam. Which is good because my tolerance threshold for
    spam is pretty low these days.

  2. Lauren Wood says:

    I upgraded to WordPress 1.5 and use the SpamKarma plugin. That eats most of the spam I get without my even seeing it. I haven’t seen any false positives either.

  3. Mike Gratton says:

    If you can find a plugin to do it, make previewing a comment at least once before submission required. Comment spam bots will have a hard time getting past it.

  4. ryan king says:

    With WP 1.5 I set it so that the first time any email address is used to post, it must undergo moderation. This has killed nearly all spam.

  5. Pingback: Quoderat » Blog Archive » Admin: WP 1.5.1 and Spam Karma

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