Ha ha ha ha ha! Take that you spammers!
I’m fed up with your stupid, meaningless, generic, foreign drivel posted as comments on my blog.
Goodbye, you can stop wasting my time now.
I’ve just installed the Math Comment Spam Protection Wordpress plugin for Wordpress version 2.6 and up, to prevent annoying spambots automatically submitting useless comments to my blog.
It’s a pity that real people now have to enter a small bit of extra info (answer for a simple sum) when posting a comment (instead of a CAPTCHA).
Comment spam to my blog has been increasing more and more in intensity over the last 2 or 3 months, from spammers wanting to get backlinks from blogs to their sites, and frankly I’m quite fed up with it. Akismet does quite a good job, but still a few slip through, and you still have to tell Akismet to clean out the spam.
Thing is that Akismet does not prevent comments from automated spambots, whereas asking some kind of additional question on the Comment form at least requires some intelligence on the part of the person filling in the comment, and proves that they are a real person. The Math Comment Spam Protection plug-in fulfils that requirement.
If people are genuinely interested enough in my blog and enjoy or find useful the information I provide on it, then they hopefully won’t mind taking the extra time to fill in the maths question and contribute to this blog. It’s nice to receive real comments from folk, discussing or asking questions relevant to the topic of the post.
Anyway, this should do the trick! Comments always welcome from REAL people with REAL interest.
Rant over, I feel better now, and hopefully other bloggers might find this post useful as well.