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Fight Against Comment Spam

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Fight Against Comment Spam

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We have taken additional action against the comment spam that has been happening including banning certain text from comments as well as limiting the rate anonymous users can comment. Hopefully this will make a big impact and keep you guys from having to put up with this annoying problem.
  • I find it funny the two IJ notifications I woke up to today were this... and a spam comment XD

    (whoops, didn't mean to lave an anon comment. sorry for the duplication)
  • Is there a reason there are no longer captchas on anon comments?
  • I'm still getting spam on different journals. Here are the most recent two types. (
  • Nope. Still getting spammed.
  • I’m getting spam on this journal. Please fix the captchas and this won’t happen.
  • I've been getting a spate of replies to one of the earliest posts in my journal - all spam, most of them in Cyrillic - over the last few days. Sorry to hear the site's getting hammered in this way. I'm currently just deleting the spam I get, and I've switched on screening and IP logging for anonymous posters.
  • You may want to try implementing a honeypot. This would likely go a long way in preventing bot comments (and could also prevent bots from registering and/or logging into the site if you implemented it in the sign up and login forms, if you wanted to go that way.)

    Like with any anti-spam method, there are disadvantages to honeypots, but I think it's worth looking into since the amount of spam coming through in the comments is so high. I know, for me, my main journal here and my layout preview journals have been getting hit pretty hard.
  • Thanks, Squeaky.
  • I'm still getting s lot of comment spam, mostly on journals that I haven't done anything with in a while. Is there a way for me to report this to help track down who is doing it or is the best way just to disaable comments to those uournals?
  • I'm getting spam too, mainly like the ones [Bad username: imkilroy:] posted (second one)
  • Eh I'm still getting em. I just delete them, but thought I'd let you know I still see them pop up.
  • Still getting them, and like I said, I'm sure a big part of the reason is that now anon comments don't have a captcha.
  • Whelp. Is anyone else experiencing this many spam comments?
  • I have the checkbox ticked to allow comments from registered users, but somehow I'm still getting anonymous spam comments. Color me confused.
  • It may just be me, but it seems the cyrillic spam has really stepped up in frequency this past week or so.

    I'm deleting/reporting upwards of a dozen a day at this point.
  • I don't usually complain about anything. Well I never did except once. But the Spam is really bad. I'm getting at least 5/7 comments in different accounts.

    I mark them as Spam and delete them. But I wanted to let you guys know in case there was something else you could do?

    And I honestly don't know how these things work? And as a user who kind of lives in IJ it would be a pain? But perhaps incorporating those anti-spam or 'I am not a robot' images in where you have to type some words before posting could help?

    I don't know, just throwing the idea out there to try fight this because it's really annoying and I never click anything but I don't know if by logging into my account THEY can get my IP or my data or something. Sorry if it sounds stupid, but I don't have a Master Degree on how hackers or these things work... so it's a bit scary.

    Thank you for working on it though.
  • Still getting spam :(
  • Sometimes I delete the Spam? And the replies (Applications) Vanish after the Spam comments are deleted... O_o

    Then when I get another spam comment. The application shows up again! I don't understand...
  • It's almost a month since this post, and I'm still getting spam on old journals. I just disable anon, which is the quick-fix, but can't you reinstate the captchas? It seems like that would solve most of the problems.
  • Still getting somewhere between 3-5 a day, all on the same post from 2008 in fact. I keep marking them as spam but I guess that's not actually that helpful? *goes to turn off anon commenting*

    (I gotta wonder about the logic of these Cyrillic bots. If they're trying to lure a probable English-speaker to click on their link, why not use English? and if the person writing the bot thinks their English is bad enough it would give them away, wouldn't the non-Roman text be even worse on that count?)
  • Still getting around five a day on this account. I've got anon disabled on other journals that get hit, but turning anon off on this account isn't an option since people from other sites come over to ask code questions. Is there any kind of loose ETA for getting the issue fixed?
  • I don't know if this is a thing that matters, but I don't get any spam on my older accounts ([info]nishka is the oldest one I have) but the new account I just made recently (this one) gets spam about every day.
  • Between two journals, I’m getting like ten a day.

    Why not try the Captcha system that Dreamwidth uses? You have to do math or give which in a sequence isn’t right or something before making a journal. If that’s the kind of thing anons have to do before making a comment, maybe it’d help.
  • Last 24 hours or so, spam has increased for me. Not to mention I've been opening my email to find bare bottom pics promoting downloading trance music. So that's fun.
  • I am still constantly getting spam comments on a journal that was recently registered. Just that one so far but it's every single day.
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