Spammers Like Me

Well, it didn’t take too long. Yesterday, this blog received about 20 comments to various posts, all within about an hour. Apparently, most of the things I write about are directly related to free online Texas hold ’em games. This morning, I had another 47 comments. Fortunately, I had WordPress configured to not automatically post comments containing links.

I’ve tightened the parameters for comments, but I’m considering turning them off entirely. As it stands now, you must be registered and logged in to comment. When commenting, you must include your name and email address. For the comment to automatically appear without my approval, you have to have at least one comment that has been approved previously. All other comments will be held in a moderation queue until I have a chance to review them.

In reality, though, I’m not sure I want to do this. I already sort through hundreds of email messages every day to find the few that aren’t spam. I don’t want to do the same thing with blog comments. So, if the problem gets out of hand, I’ll just remove the comments entirely, and you can comment on your own blogs 🙂

Upgrading to WordPress 2.0 will help, but that’s a couple months off yet. It turns out that hoops I jumped through to make WP 1.5 and the plugins we use extensible on our server also make it difficult to upgrade in place. Add to that some weirdness with .htaccess files and the fact that WordPress has to share the server with other things, and you have a non-trivial upgrade. But that’s a post for another day.