Canned Meat

I am currently trying to fend of an unending onslaught of spam comments on this blog. When I woke up this morning there were 17 new comments to be approved and they were all spam. And over the last few hours I had to delete a few more spam comments. Since comments are vital to any blog (at least in my humble opinion), I will not restrict anyone from posting his thoughts, BUT there is always the possibility that I delete someone’s post by mistake. If you notice something like that, please let me know via the contact form on the About page.

By the way, what do my fellow bloggers do to ward off spam? And have you too noticed an increase in spam comments too?

UPDATE: I added “Simple Trackback Validation” and “Peter’s Anti-Spam” to the blog and deactivated Akismet again. Thanks to ChattyDM for the recommendations.

Michael Wolf is a German games designer and enthusiast best known for his English language role-playing games blog, Stargazer's World, and for creating the free rules-light medieval fantasy adventure game Warrior, Rogue & Mage. He has also worked as an English translator on the German-language Dungeonslayers role-playing game and was part of its editorial team. In addition to his work on Warrior, Rogue & Mage and Dungeonslayers, he has created several self-published games and also performed layout services and published other independent role-playing games such as A Wanderer's Romance, Badass, and the Wyrm System derivative Resolute, Adventurer & Genius, all released through his imprint Stargazer Games. Professionally, he works as a video technician and information technologies specialist. Stargazer's World was started by Michael in August 2008.

10 thoughts on “Canned Meat”

  1. I started using Akismet for the same reasons about a year ago. Since then, I've had only two spam comments to delete manually.

  2. Only seventeen? You're lucky. At my peak, I'd be getting something like a hundred, with more coming in while I was reporting the current batch as spam. Now if they'd just quit constantly pinging the post they used to target…

    CAPTCHA seems to get the bulk of them, and while I haven't actually tried Akismet, I've heard good things about it.

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  3. I use Akismet as well… it works wonders.

    I don't like CAPTCHAs, so I've been avoiding those. If much more spam starts slipping past Akismet, I might implement a very simple one, but so far, Akismet has only missed two or three spam comments.

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