In my ongoing war against weblog comment spam, I've recently done two things. The first was adding a field to my comments form that asks the submitter to answer a simple and obvious question, such as "What's Jeremy's first name?" That keeps the bots out.
But about 40% of my comment spam is from humans, not bots. So the second thing I've done is to add a Comments RSS feed that I can subscribe to in NetNewsWire. I did this because I'd rather not see comments via e-mail. My goal is to keep my e-mail volume as low as possible. Besides, SpamAssassin was preventing me from seeing the worst offenders anyway. So I was unknowingly letting some really nasty stuff get posted.
My comments feed is located here. The template for it is strightforward (Safari doesn't render it well, but Firefox does). It's a simple RSS 2.0 feed which displays the N most recent comments (20 in my case), along with the submitter's e-mail address, URL, and so on. And, best of all, it contains a link to run each comment through MT-Blacklist. This provides one-click de-spamming without cluttering my e-mail.
Feel free to steal it for your own use. You'll need to customize it a bit, of course.
Posted by jzawodn at October 17, 2004 06:10 PM