Since I started this blog almost a year-and-a-half ago, it’s received 195 spam comments and 18 “real” comments. That’s a ratio of ten spam comments to every real comment. It also works out to an average of one spammer every 2.6 days. Something is wrong with the Internet.

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  1. I’m not sure if this is helpful to you or not, but… I found a spam-blocker for my site called TinyTuring that requires displays a letter and requires a commenter to type that letter. It’s a million times better than these stupid captcha systems I see people using because it’s easy to read and it only requires one letter to be typed.

    SPAM BLOCKER: “Please type the letter “I” in this box”

    I installed it over two years ago. Since then, I’ve only had two spam comments get through. Both of them were by the same spammer, and I think it was actually a real person leaving bogus comments on blogs to get links to his online store.

    Two spam comments in 27 months. It’s been flawless! My blog runs on MovableType, but if you can find something similar for wordpress, I highly recommend it. TinyTuring rocks! Until I istalled that thing, I was getting at least 25 spam comments a day, and that doesn’t include all of the spam MovableType’s spam blocker was already blocking.

    Spam. It’s the iScourge of our time 😦

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