October 17, 2014

Reducing Spam Comments

no spam!
no spam! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I made a change to the commenting system here today. I'm not sure this will affect any of you, but I wanted to let you know about it just in case.

The Intense Debate commenting system appears to use a low-quality spam filter, and I've been seeing a sharp increase in the number of spam comments lately. This led me to disable what they call "guest commenting" to see if that would help. What this is supposed to do is require people to login using credentials from one of the following services before they can leave a comment: IntenseDebate, Wordpress, Facebook, or Twitter.

Since it seems like almost everyone commenting here (except the spammers and a few trolls) is already doing this, I'm hoping there won't be much of an impact.