MT Comment Spam Solution

October 12, 2003

in Blogging, General Interest, Spam

James Seng creates a brilliant MT hack that I hope STOPS COMMENT SPAM dead! I’ve just installed it and it works. Take a test drive with a comment to this post. I particularly want a few fellow sufferers to know….Cal, John Cole, Teresa, Sassy Lawyer, Liz Lawley, Ton Zijlstra, Joseph, Abe, Glen, Dean, and Jay Allen Can someone please compare what Jay is doing vs James Sengs solution?

James Seng’s blog: Solution for comments spams

“Apparently, there are some automated bots which has been spamming comments on movabletype blogs. While it is easy to ban the IP and remove the posts, it takes a lot of time and effort to play the cat and mouse game.

To cut the story short, I wrote a plugin to MT that will verify if it is a human before it allows comments to be posted. The idea is pretty simple: Display an image with a Security Code and demand the user to enter a Security Code manually before allowing posting to go through.

To see how it works, try posting some comments on this site.

If you like it, you can download it here. (It is pretty rough since it skip my sleep to do this. But it should work. I hope I have covered most of edge cases…)”

Go now and get the code and instructions from James here. Then let him know with a trackback of thanks.

I’d note these additions to James’ ReadMe instructions. You must CHMOD the cgi file and the new temp security directory to 755. If you need a text editor to open your MT/App?Comments.pm then go and get Boxer Otherwise it is a fairly simple install. If you installed MT you can do this. I’d also note it works with the Simple Comments plug-in working.

Gee now I can think about Skype and other things again! Not the preferred way to spend a Sunday I’d add! Good luck with your installs!

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