Comment Spam Can Take Down Your Blog
I can have a very filthy mouth when pissed off. Take today for example, my dog was witness to a blistering stream of profanities as I found that my site was down. I was hit with a torrent of comment spam like nothing I’ve seen before.
Since I have my blog configured to send me an email when someone comments, the mail server was trying to send out 500 messages in five minutes. At least according to my hosting provider who turned off my site in response to the massive flood of email. All in all, the spammers posted over a thousand messages in a very short while.
This of course prompted me to perform an emergency upgrade of my blog to the latest unreleased version of Subtext. I wasn’t quite ready to perform this upgrade as I was hoping to get a few more comment spam fighting features implemented, but I was getting tired of the bombardment.
In the process I fixed a few bugs here and there, mostly related to the difference between developing on your own server but being hosted on a shared server.
At least now, I can throttle comments so that too many don’t come in all at once. This particular storm of comments appears to have originated in China (at least the comments and urls were in chinese). I think I may have to post a few posts about freedom, democracy, and the American way in order to get my blog banned in China. ;)
[Listening to: Life in Mind - Paul Oakenfold - Global Underground 007 New York CD1 (4:48)]