I finally finish building my spam filtering solution last night, including a custom spam browser, and this morning there are three new comments on my weblog from spammers of various sorts. It’s the problem of having a popular software package: movable type is tremendously popular in the blogging world (and with good reason, it’s a terrific software package) but that makes it easy for people to write tools that look for, for example, mt-comment.cgi, the default application included with Movable Type for adding comments. Identify that and there’s no reason you can’t inject comments into a weblog without actually participating in the community itself.
There are various people in the weblog community who are trying to address this issue and I have at least implemented one change that makes it a lot easier and faster to delete these inappropriate postings when I see them. But spam tends to be a snowball rolling down a hill. Once one person figures it out, they tell ten people, who tell fifty, who then drown you in senseless and useless additions to your blog.
So do your bit: add useful, thoughtful, and relevant comments to a weblog you read every day, so that we can at least cast a shining light in the growing darkness of yet another online medium polluted by crass and selfish marketing dweebs (to put it politely).
Oh, and don’t be surprised if there are subtle changes on my site as I explore various ways to address this issue myself.