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Just in case….

If you really want to link to this website/blog, feel free. If you want this website to link to your own site, send me an email or comment indicating so and I’ll review the request, but I won’t respond. I am pretty sure that 99% of the link requests I get are spammers, but just […]

10 days of mind numbing comment spam attack

LJ and bloggers should be happy with their blogging service right now – for those excellent hosted services are hiding one of the longest steady comment spam attacks I’ve seen from you and your readers. Thank them (your hosted blog service provider), for this is annoying at the service level. My personal WordPress blog […]

Extortion Spam!?

This is new… I am getting blog comment spam (caught in Akismet filters, thankfully) on my WordPress blog that claims I can stop this particular spamming my blog if I send them an email and some money…. I suggest the extortion minded-spammer not hold his or her breath awaiting my response… In fact, I am […]

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Testing WordPress for iPhone

This is just a test, only a test of the iPhone WordPress application.

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Removed the is_human() module

Though it was a good attempt, the is_human() WordPress module was a failure for me, so I pulled it off my website. It was blocking way too many legitimate comments and did absolutely nothing to address the hundreds of trackback and linkback spams showing up daily. I am sad, as I had hoped it would […]


The is_human() filter

Just a reminder folks, if you are going to comment here, you must answer the multiple choice question displayed as a required field in the comment page. I am seeing some comments get rejected that look legitimate, because the question was left unanswered.

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Wow, the is_human() module works great

I have is_human() coupled with Akismet and together they knock out all the comment spam I was getting. The other interesting little factoid, is that nearly all the spam I was getting was coming from only three IP addresses… hurray for blacklisting. I’ll share the nefarious addresses so you can firewall them out if you […]

Implemented is_human() Word press Plugin

Akismet alone was not stopping enough comment spam, so I have implemented is_human() which asks a random multiple choice question, answers are in a drop down and it should be easy for humans to comment, but difficult for machines. Sadly, the marker for a required field did not get enabled initially (now fixed) and a […]

WordPress 2.5

Used Dreamhost’s easy to use one click install to upgrade to WordPress 2.5, and it looks much easier to edit on the fly with embedded HTML code. The dashboard is very different, may take getting used to; but it puts the most important stuff on top (useful on a short, wide display like a laptop). […]

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Damned Spammers!!!

Vermin spammers! Over the weekend they figured out how to get by the older versions of WordPress with older versions of Akismet spam filter module/plug-in, so I came home from dance competition to discover hundreds of spams in my WordPress blog’s moderation queue and thousands that had been blocked. Making things worse a few guest […]