Published December 25th, 2004

Bah, Humbug!

I just deleted 120 new blog spams on Christmas night. This is horrible. Can’t the Spam Bots give the world one day to relax?

I would hate to use picture verification to block the bots, as these have horrible usability implications. I think a better alternative is to ask simple math questions, like 2+2=?. I am not sure if these user verifications are the best, as the spam bots will keep getting smarter. It is just another arms race.

I have been thinking of plugging my blog comments into SpamAssassin or another bayes type checker. These all see mostly targeted at E-Mail, but I assume with some small scripting magic, they could filter my blog comments.

Baring those Evil Spammers, I wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season :) Outside of New Richland Minnesota I am having an awesome time visiting with my entire familiy. This evening we had upwards of 25 people in the house, with laughter and smiles all around. Everything is perfect, except for the temperature outside, which is a brisk -10 �F or -23 �C for my non-fahrenheit viewers.

Written by Paul Querna, CTO @ ScaleFT. @pquerna