Nailing the spammers

I have just been doing some messing with the site.

There has been a nagging thing about upgrading WordPress for a while, and that Richard bloke is in a sulk, so I thought I’d do it myself.

I tried to use the automatic thingy, but the fucking thing kept failing.

First of all it started whinging “Fatal error: Cannot redeclare class pclzip” which was a bit of a bummer until I discovered that all I had to do was uninstall the Automatic Upgrade plugin.

Then it started complaining about permissions.  Fuck that!  I deleted the whole thing and reinstalled it. I’ll show it who’s boss.

I did one other thing though.

On Tuesday I had around 80 spam comments.

On Wednesday I had around 110.  Fairly normal?

Yesterday and today I have had none!

Spam is so bloody irritating because I have to wade through it every day to see if there are any genuine ones that landed by mistake.  Sometime I just delete it all anyway, and hope for the best.

That problem is in the history books now, as I don’t expect to get more than three or four spam a day.

So how did I do it?

It’s very simple actually.

All my spam was obviously coming from automated things that had addresses in their databases.  All the spam was going to the same old posts.

So all I did was set my options to disable comments on any post older than 14 days.

It will be a minor inconvenience to the tiny minority who want to comment on older posts, but you can’t make an omelette etc.

As for the spammers.

Nailed the bastards!

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Nailing the spammers — 23 Comments

  1. The other option could be to turn on the Akismet setting that automatically deletes any spam on posts older than a month (I think it’s a month).

    I’ve done that, and I never have to worry about checking the spam queue – even though I apparently get upwards of 15 spam a day.

  2. You could always do what I do. I have very few readers and even fewer commentors and most of my readers are bots. I get very few spammers. :)
    Secondly, I want to wish you all the best tomorrow at the IBA’s. I’ll be rooting for ya’.

  3. Brianf – Stop looking for the sympathy vote!

    Maxi – It used to be fun, but it’s mustly Russians these days. All they send is hundreds of little question marks, which is feck all use to man nor beast.

  4. I am reading your blog all day long. And giggling. And i am getting paid for giggling all day long in the office. Instead of configurating the firewall (to prevent spam emails. Am i an enemy now? )
    Hope not.

  5. Jim C – If there is a blowback down the Spam Pipes, then that is tough. That’s what you deserve when you send them.

    Kate – I tend to forget to reply to comments on old posts anyway. I might try tweaking it so that I can enable comments again. Just for you.

    Judit – Welcome to my humble little corner of the Interweb. I am delighted to hear that I am still managing to disrupt business. Please don’t configure the firewall to block this site?

  6. Grandad!

    i would never do such a thing. But i emailed it to all of my friends. So the increasing number of hungarian visitorpopulation is credited to me, right? :) If there is any.

  7. A shame to wipe out some of your (most likely and/or inevitably) interesting and meaningful posts. Hindsight is a wonderful thing….

  8. I actually have to go along with Primal on this one. I’ve been using WP SpamFree for quite awhile now along with Akismet with much success.

    It’s a bit uncomfortable at first not being able to see what “spam” is being turned away at the door but so far I haven’t had any nasty emails from past visitors about legitimate comments not getting through. It’s consistently updated by the author as well.

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  10. Milton – I’m not deleting old posts – just [for the moment] suspending comments on them.

    Kirk M – As usual I will bow to your superior knowledge and will investigate that plugin as soon as I get a chance.

    E Mum – Once I have discovered the perfect strategy, I will appliy to your site too. I’m a bit tied for time at the moment as I have some trivial engagements somewhere in a place called Cork this weekend.

    RhodesTer – If you had sprinkled that with about fifty links to ‘hot asian pussy’ or something like that [I like warm cats], it would have been classed as the perfect spam. You have been added to my spam list, just in case.

  11. Grandad,

    I ain’t a superior anything. I turned down the sisters when they made their offer. I don’t care what you’ve heard. :P

    Good luck at the IBA’s. Can’t stand the suspense.

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