Saturday, July 30, 2011
How to Combat Spammy Commenters Using the Blog's Comment Boxes Available Features?
Ever since I learned blogging and the beauty that goes with it, and lots of learning and modifying around, I learned also that there are parties happy to take advantage of and/or abuse your blog! This can be found in many forms such as copying your content to advertising in your post with good google page rank or better link juice. I wanted commenting easy for my readers, and to do that, I put the comment to be too easy... but leaving easy commenting also attracts a lot of unwanted comments and spammy comments. I actually disabled moderation and removed the "word verification" test for comments but it was a test and the result's not so good.
Below is the video of Monty Python defining Spam... whether you like it or not, spam's there!
What's spamming anyway? According to wikipedia, spam says below:
There are several popular false etymologies of the word "spam". One, promulgated by early spammers Laurence Canter and Martha Siegel, is that "spamming" is what happens when one dumps a can of Spam luncheon meat into a fan blade. Some others are the backronym stupid pointless annoying messages." There was also an effort to differentiate between types of spam. That which was sent indiscriminately to any e-mail address was true spam while that which was targeted to more likely prospects.
Spam is the use of electronic messaging systems (including most broadcast media, digital delivery systems) to send unsolicited bulk messages indiscriminately. While the most widely recognized form of spam is e-mail spam, the term is applied to similar abuses in other media: instant messaging spam, Usenet newsgroup spam, Web search engine spam, spam in blogs, wiki spam, online classified ads spam, mobile phone messaging spam, Internet forum spam, junk fax transmissions, social networking spam, television advertising and file sharing network spam.
Spamming remains economically viable because advertisers have no operating costs beyond the management of their mailing lists, and it is difficult to hold senders accountable for their mass mailings. Because the barrier to entry is so low, spammers are numerous, and the volume of unsolicited mail has become very high. In the year 2011, the estimated figure for spam messages is around seven trillion. The costs, such as lost productivity and fraud, are borne by the public and by Internet service providers, which have been forced to add extra capacity to cope with the deluge. Spamming has been the subject of legislation in many jurisdictions.