[spam-stopper] 404 to spam!
ruben at lingo.com.mx
Sat Apr 21 00:34:17 UTC 2007
I've been dealing with spam on my blog with a variety of techniques
that I would like to comment and receive feedback on:
I'm combing the comment database every hour and harvesting unique IPs
that Akismet (or myself) have flagged as spam.
Those IP addrs. get added to a DB file; Apache knows about this file
and checks it with every invocation of wp-comment.php, if the IP is
in the file, then t's presented with a 404 error page. End of story.
That IP is forever banned to post comments in my blog.
I host my blog (http://bitacoreando.com) in a VPS, and a fairly small
one at that, and I found that even though Akismet was flagging spam
comments correctly, any smallish spam-storm would bring my VPS to
it's knees. This solution has restored control over the resource
usage of my WP install and since last december it has allowed me
I could hack my Akismet install to update the DB as soon as it has
received a response from the central server, but I thought that maybe
this feature could be discussed and maybe integrated into the main
devel line of this plugin. What do you think?
I also have collected all the hourly cron jobs since dec. 21 and the
actual DB file, all in all it's a lot of spammer's IP information
that might be useful, so if anyone wants it, just say so
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