F*cking Spam

Spam. F*cking spam. Last night I got hit with about 150 or so comment spams from "http://www.emmss.com", some Chinese site I can't even read. I'm on it, but I don't have the time to hand-delete all these spams, and my mail is down to boot, meaning my Blacklist ain't functional….

spamSpam. F*cking spam. Last night I got hit with about 150 or so comment spams from “http://www.emmss.com”, some Chinese site I can’t even read. I’m on it, but I don’t have the time to hand-delete all these spams, and my mail is down to boot, meaning my Blacklist ain’t functional. Even if it were, that’s hundreds of clicks. Anyone know a way to batch delete comments in the MT backend?

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  1. John, you can also use a SQL query (if you’re a SQL backend and have access to it) that can delete comment spam associated with a particular post. Let me know if you want the instructions. Also, as you probably know, Movable Type is adding an optional identity-based registration system for its 3.0 release that will allow you to control whether all posters have had a confirmed email address through that separate system; whether to moderate all posts; and whether to moderate the first post from a new commenter.

  2. Also note that MT-Blacklist does let you batch delete – just click the “De-Spam” link at the top of the MTB interface rather than using the link in the comment email.

  3. John,

    I go back to my original suggestion from when this happended before, which is to install David Raynes’ script that closes old comments after a pre-set amount of time.

    See here: http://www.rayners.org/2003/12/27/closing_comments_on_old_entries.php

    I use it, along with the blacklist, on a fairly heavy traffic blog that I manage, and it has virtually eliminated comment spam. It works because:

    1. Regular visitors rarely, if ever, comment on posts older than, say, 30 days.

    2. Comment-spammers *always* spam older posts because they are trying to hide their comments from you. (They’re trying to accumulate links to their sites, which convert into higher Page Ranks. Note how the spam you got today was on posts from December.)

    Scot could install this script on your Birdhouse server in mere minutes, and then you could periodically close old comments with the click of a mouse.

    The spam blacklist is fine as far as it goes. But it’s sort of like trying to chase your kids around the house. You won’t always get them because they have more cunning, energy and motivation than you.

    By closing your old comments, it’s like locking the back door of your house that burglars always use to get in.

    Cheers.

  4. Michael, I see the utility of this, but personally enjoy having discussions continue on old entries that people find in search engines, so prefer not to close down old threads. I’d rather keep them open and hold out for TypeKey.

  5. I do this at least once a week via MySQL.

    mysql
    delete from mt_comment where comment_created_on > '2004-05-16 15:41:10' AND comment_created_on < '2004-03-17 16:41:10'
    

    where the two date/time stamps are the time you got your first comment spam in a series and the time you got your last in the series.

    Backing up your mysql database on a regular basis is also highly advised.

    What a pain in the a**.

  6. Well, I’m sure that the majority of spam letters coming into one’s box is one’s fault. I mean that one can prevent massive spam by not submitting once imale to suspicious mailing lists and/or newsletters.

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