Spam... Are we getting tired of this yet?

Posted on December 4, 2004

Well… I am, most definitely!

Yesterday evening my server got hit by a big volley of almost 600 comments and this afternoon another one of over 400 comments.

That’s it, I’m really going to have to do something about this.

First of all I’m leaving Movable Type. Not that MT in itself is the cause of all the spam I’m getting, but it does help, and since I am going to shake things up a bit I might as well go full length and move to something that suits my needs a bit more closely. You’ll see how in a while.

Then I’m going to implement two defense mechanisms on my new blogging platform: people who are authenticated may post straight ahead (I plan to support both users of my own site and TypePad-authenticated users), comments from people who are not authenticated will be moderated.

This makes me really sad, but I just can’t keep on spending this kind of time managing the garbage these morons leave on my site and I’m not even taking into account the bandwidth they take up…

Now I just have to find the time to set up the new platform and especially to make the transition as painless as possible. Of particular importance is the fact that permalinks should continue to be so, even though I’m changing platforms. I think I know how to make this work and if I can I will do it. Like I said, it’s all a matter of time.

So really this is a “thank you” post to all the lowly life-forms out there who have increasingly spammed my site for forcing me to overcome my basic laziness and get on with changing things like I’ve been meaning to do for quite some time now.

Oh, but you can still drop dead any time now, that would be just fine by me.