Gut Rumbles

August 24, 2004

i don't want to do it

I may have to eliminate comments from my blog. I don't want to because I like what a lot of commenters have to say. Some of them write better than I do and I've met a lot of new bloggers through my comments.

But the spamming is getting ridiculous. I'm getting 500 or so a day now. Sometimes more, which really tangles up my mailbox and causes me to miss messages I want to read because I just delete pages at a time when I see those assholes on there.

They keep coming. I've got to stop it.


Have someone install MT Blacklist for you. It WORKS!

Posted by: Da Goddess on August 24, 2004 11:59 PM

I sincerely hope that you don't have to drop the comments, they're half the fun of reading a blog....where can I get a copy of MT Blacklist , Goddess? Rob isn't the only one with spammer problems....although with as little traffic as I get, it hasn't been a major problem yet.

Posted by: delftsman3 on August 25, 2004 12:04 AM

Time to re-erect the stocks in the city square.

Lock those spamming bastards in there for a few days. Some entrepreneur can get rich collecting the old produce from groceries and farmer's markets and selling it for $5 a bucket to throw at the shitheels.

Tar & feathers for a 2nd offense, cheek or forehead branding for the 3rd.

Posted by: El Capitan on August 25, 2004 12:16 AM

if you dont want to mess with mt. blacklist, you can create your own black list.

i use hosting matters as my web hosting solution and they have an "ip deny manager". i use it not to ban the individual ips but a range.

for instance, if one of the fuckwads comes from "" i ban "64.62."

ive noticed in my research that when a range of numbers are assigned, the first two sets are always the same and what changes are the last two. by banning the first two, i catch the whole range without keeping out legitmate users that happen to have "64." at the beginning of their ip.

it takes a bit of effort at the beginning but in the last week, ive cut my daily fuckwad spam down from 150 to five or six. the really cool thing is going through my "latest visitors" and seeing the 403 code on all those retards which means they tried to get in but were stopped by the nefarious "forbidden" code.

to the best of my knowledge, i havent blocked a legitmate user yet and, with only eight faithful readers a day, i would probably notice if i had.

heh heh heh....

Posted by: mr. helpful on August 25, 2004 12:42 AM

MT Blacklist...

I put it off for a while since my blog is working and I didn't want to fuck with it but it took me about 20 minutes from start to finish (and this is over 28.8 dial-up)

If you want, email me privatly, I will give you my phone number, you can call and I can walk you through the installation. It is that simple... You will need an FTP client but these are easy to find - I am partial to SmartFTP ( free for personal use.

I am busy all day tomorrow (driving to Seattle to look at a loom for my wife and to fix my dad's computer) but the rest of the week and weekend is fine.

TTYL - Dave

Posted by: DaveH on August 25, 2004 02:15 AM

MT Blacklist is a DREAM!

Posted by: Melissa on August 25, 2004 02:35 AM

Rob, in all seriousness, I am a computer, website, and server idiot and I installed MT-Blacklist myself. Once you have it installed and have a copy of the updated blacklist loaded, you just click a few things and all that spam goes away by itself. The best thing is that from then on, whenever someone tries to comment spam you who is on the list, they are automatically blocked. About once a week I look at my activity log and smile with satisfaction at all of the comment spam that has been blocked automatically.

Posted by: Adam on August 25, 2004 03:27 AM

Sounds like these nice people probably have your problem licked for you, Rob. I sure hope so. I enjoy wooshing through here and leaving comments. I'd hate it if I couldn't any more.

Posted by: Mamamontezz on August 25, 2004 03:48 AM

I went to a spammer's website and left a message: "Please note that comment ads may be run on my site at a rate of $100 per ad. If you do not wish to pay for the use of my comment section, desist. Otherwise, please contact me so we can arrange payment." I haven't had one since.

Posted by: Mike on August 25, 2004 06:53 AM

And here I was going to suggest MT-Blacklist, but all these nice people have already done so. The other option is updating to Movable Type 3 which supports requiring registration for comments.

Posted by: Kin on August 25, 2004 07:14 AM

MT-Blacklist is undoubtedly the best solution since it's not likely you want to switch blogging software like I did. Expression Engine has a number of features that suppress comment spam quite nicely (I still get trolls but not very often).

In fact, the only spam I've gotten with EE is trackback spam, and they added a new feature in a recent upgrade to stop that.

My reason for quitting MT was that my then-host apparently couldn't support MT3, but if you can upgrade safely (test it before you apply it to this blog) that's a very good option as well.

I'm sure you've got friends who can give you any help you need.

Posted by: McGehee on August 25, 2004 08:37 AM

Hang in there, you wouldn't want to deprive a troll of his favorite hillbilly, would you?

MT 3.1 is going to be released at the end of the month and has some improvements. You may also want to take a look at, Concerning Spam.

C'mn now, your a pigmenteer fer cryin' out loud! Who's the boss around here, the tools or the mechanic?

Posted by: Helpful troll on August 25, 2004 08:50 AM

It does look like 3.1 is going to be a good upgrade. Of course, <commercial message> Expression Engine has as integrated features the blacklist and close-comments functions MT users have to install after the fact. </commercial message (I hold no financial interest in pMachine, makers of Expression Engine)>

Seriously, though -- the end of the month is only a week away. You can hold out that long, cantcha?

Posted by: McGehee on August 25, 2004 11:36 AM

I use an oldschool forum for my comments. is FREE, robust, and has spam control, IP banning, registration controls, good tech support, etc. It can be a little tricky to set up for the uninitiated, but my guess is you have plenty of people who would be willing to help.

Posted by: GORDON on August 25, 2004 11:51 AM

And like that... it's gone... away...

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