Advertisement

LJWorld.com weblogs Seen it?

Yes, we have a spam filter and yes, sometimes it catches your non-spam comments

Advertisement

A few months ago, you may have noticed a rash of spam being posted to our comments.

It looked something like this:

===== http://domainexample.com =====

Air jordan(1-24)shoes $33
Handbags(Coach l v f e n d i d&g) $35
Tshirts (ed hardy,lacoste) $16
Jean(True Religion,ed hardy,coogi) $30
Sunglasses(Oakey,coach,gucci,A r m a i n i) $16
New era cap $15
Bikini (Ed hardy,) $25
FREE SHIPPING

===== http://domainexample.com =====

We removed those comments as fast as we could, but unfortunately they came faster than we could ever get them. So, we implemented a technological fix that prevented those comments from ever being posted. That fix is known as Akismet.

It's a simple web service that allows websites to run their comments past the akismet algorithm, which determines whether a comment is spam.

Since we implemented akismet filtering of our comments in April, nearly 4300 comments have been marked as spam and intercepted. That means you all never see them and we don't have to chase them down and remove them.

But let's be honest: the algorithm isn't perfect. For instance, Agnostick and smitty have both had reasonable comments marked as spam and intercepted.

Trying the same post over and over again generally won't help. What you need to do is look at your comment and think about what would be tripping the filter.

For example, with Agnostick's comments, his signature with an @excite.com e-mail address likely gave a very high spam score. With smitty, it was the use of odd symbols and odd spacing, behavior not normally seen in human posters but often seen from spammers, that caused the spam filter to mark the comments as spam.

Another common trigger is a comment that is almost exclusively a link. Put some normal text with your link, and it likely will go through just fine.

The great thing about Akismet is that it's always getting smarter. While it may mismark your comment now, in a few weeks it may know that your comment is fine. On the flip side, a comment that went through before may be blocked the next time, because it's similar to a new spam technique.

Have some patience and do let us know if you run into the filter catching something that just doesn't make sense at all.

Comments

Bunny_Hotcakes 4 years, 3 months ago

I (heart) Akismet. Never used a better comment spam filter.

nobody1793 4 years, 3 months ago

Now if you could just turn on the moron and vitrol filters.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 3 months ago

Haven't seen any spam blogs recently. That's a good thing.

slowplay 4 years, 3 months ago

"For instance, Agnostick and smitty have both had reasonable comments marked as spam and intercepted."... I wish I had that filter.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 3 months ago

Any comment that has already been posted over 100 times should be treated as spam. That would almost totally shut down a certain poster.

gl0ck0wn3r 4 years, 3 months ago

Indeed, that was my first reaction when I saw this headline.

Boston_Corbett 4 years, 3 months ago

Thanks for sharing this info Johnathan. It is good to know.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 4 years, 3 months ago

I posted a comment a few weeks ago on some article (I don't even remember what it was) but as soon as I came back to check it out, the entire article had disappeared. What is with that??

Ron Holzwarth 4 years, 3 months ago

I'm really happy about the spam filter. I had noticed that the spam just doesn't seem to be appearing anymore, and that's wonderful. The spam blogs especially irritated me.

But there is something that bothers me. It's what Jerry Hall (he's in the advertising department) referred to as "the new system." Ever since "the new system" has been in place, which is last summer or so, the LJWorld on site search engine has never worked very well.

Before "the new system" was put in place it worked wonderfully.

LadyJ 4 years, 3 months ago

I have noticed that in the advanced search box, that searching for a certain user is no longer an option.

Ron Holzwarth 4 years, 3 months ago

It used to be that you could search the archived classified ads. But not with the new system.

Lee Eldridge 4 years, 3 months ago

That would have nothing to do with the spam filter. I use akismet on my blog too. Very handy.

notajayhawk 4 years, 3 months ago

Was the spam-filter set to delete posts containing (laughter)?

notajayhawk 4 years, 3 months ago

"For example, with Agnostick's comments, his signature with an @excite.com e-mail address likely gave a very high spam score. With smitty, it was the use of odd symbols and odd spacing, behavior not normally seen in human posters but often seen from spammers, that caused the spam filter to mark the comments as spam.

"Another common trigger is a comment that is almost exclusively a link. Put some normal text with your link, and it likely will go through just fine."

Um - aren't you giving advice to the actual spammers on how to get their posts through the filter? kinda' like publishing an article explaining what the airport security people consider suspicious behavior, isn't it?

Jonathan Kealing 4 years, 3 months ago

They can figure it out as easily as I can. Just pattern recognition.

notajayhawk 4 years, 3 months ago

Sorry, I was just kidding. Badly, apparently.

I would think the real spammers don't actually read the blogs they attack, anyway.

Jonathan Kealing 4 years, 3 months ago

Links are good, in fact great. What's important is to mix links with other text. And if something seems wrong, let us know.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.