A year ago we were receiving hundreds of spam comments every week, it was overwhelming as we tediously removed them one at a time. Oh sure, we appealed to the ER for help, but there wasn’t much they could offer.
So, I began by eliminating the ability to post a comment in the first few days of each month, and I went pretty much all the way back to 2006. I figured if they found they couldn’t post their spam immediately they wouldn’t waste their time and they would go away. And it worked, spamming fell to almost nothing.
I’m pretty sure just one guy was behind at least 80% of the spam we were receiving and that really bugged me! So, I did some snooping on who this spammer was and found other sites he was victimizing. I actually uncovered his fake internet name and eventually that led me to more info. Soon I had some pretty good evidence and this was sent to the FBI internet crime department that is suppose to be taking out the most prolific spammers, but I never heard another word. I was surprised , not a thank you, not a “we’re following up”, nothing. Your tax dollars at work I guess, well, maybe I shouldn’t be too hard on them they were probably reassigned to work on snooping around in your personal emails or something, who knows?
I thought it was over until recently we started getting unusual amounts of spam posts again, only this time they were replying to older articles dated in the middle of the month. They realized my blocks were only set up in the first few days of each month. It started out with 10-15 a day and it quickly grew to 30, 40, 50 a day! And finally I had enough, this was war!
I discovered a way that I could block whole pages of old articles from any further comment and that ended the spamming, more or less.
It’s a shame it came to that because Tina and I would gladly respond to old comments too. For the last 4 days I have used my free time to block literally thousands of older articles from receiving any comments and put this spamming out of commission. There’s probably a few months I’ve missed somewhere, but if we get spam in our “comment” section I can look at the date of the original article and then I go back and block the entire month! Yesterday I blocked 7 months worth of articles from 2009 thru 2013 and I feel like I’ve finally slammed the door shut on the spammers. We’ll see.