WordPress comment spam chafes my nipples. It turns out that I’m not as laid back as I like to think I am when I’m bombarded with comments from all over the place that are links back to pharmacies and college educations. I tried the approach of approving the comments and responding to them, but that got old for all concerned.
The war against spam, I fear, is something like the red queen’s race. To be maintaining the status quo – the current level of spamification, you have to be installing and updating plugins every time you log into your wordpress blog. As fast as you update, the spammers evolve and you’re back to installing the new anti-spamware.
That said, here are the two plugins I’m trying right now, and a bunch that DON’T WORK
Really Simple Captcha – DOES WORK – it makes it harder for legitimate posters and hopefully impossible for spam bots. It’s a shame I can’t leave my front door unlocked any more. Maybe I should move to Canada. This integrates with Contact Form 7 allegedly, so that spam bots won’t contact me on the get in touch page.
SI Captcha – DOES WORK- this adds a little “are you a human?” question to the comment form.
So for both of you bone fide commenters out there, sorry for making the fence a little higher, living as I do in a low trust environment – the etherweb.
Oh, and yes, I realize that by laying all my cards on the table in terms of my security arsenal I have made myself a target for all those professional hackers who actively seek out small underfunded blogs and try to bring down western democracy by infiltrating them. Big deal. You could get the same results, Comrade L33t Haxx0R , by sending me a t-shirt with an anti-dem0cracy message. I’d wear it. I’m cheap.