I'm on Dreamwidth! And Weird HL Comments.
Anyway, the other day, I received a spate of rather ... interesting ... comments on the Heretic Loremaster. I was on the verge of deleting them as spam when I realized that they actually did mention Tolkien, and they didn't have an associated URL, so if they were done by a spammer, then it was like the world's worst spammer. Here's one that this person left on my "I Need to Rant" post about slash:
Hard to say…
As a student of Mythology, the Elves….Well, a friend said “Elves will boff anything that moves and then they will boff something that doesnt move until it `does` move`
Possibly based upon Shamans and oh my goodness we know what they did, dont we?
(Did any of Tolkiens characters cross dress?)
Its also best not to enquire what a race of pre pubesents get up to.
I'm not going to complain about any legitimate participation over at the HL, but this has to be the weirdest (legitimate) comment I've ever received there!
I do get a lot of spam on the HL. A good bit of it Wordpress catches, and I never see it at all. But some slips through, and recently, a lot had been slipping through. Already, any comment that contains a URL goes to the moderation queue and waits for my approval, which sucks for legitimate commenters who are leaving legitimate links but catches a good number of links that I do not want on my site, even for a few seconds. (For a while, the HL was receiving a lot of comments with links claiming to go to child porn sites. I didn't click on them to find out, of course. *shudder*)
I was getting pretty frustrated with the amount of spam I was having to delete. When I would see repeat URLs or IPs, I'd add them to the comment blacklist, but besides being a pain in the arse, most spammers are smart enough to know that posting a spate of comments about nude Paris Hilton photos from the same IP is likely to get them quickly blocked. I would get identical comments from different emails and IPs. It was very frustrating.
So I started paying attention to the patterns in the spam I was receiving. And I added five words to the list that sends a comment for moderation before posting, and guess what? 90% of my spam problem is solved. (Because I don't have to reply immediately to moderated spam, since it doesn't show up on the site. When I get a whole mess of it, I delete it all at once.) Those five words are blog, article, post, site, and thank, because when most spammers leave a comment that they want to look legit, it goes something like, "Wow, great post! I love your blog layout. I'm hoping to set up a website just like yours someday. Anyway, just wanted to thank you for the article!" And the URL is a link to a site for shady car loans or an Essortment article on bikini waxes.
This will again suck for legitimate commenters who use those words, but one of the perks of my current job is that I'm online for most of the day, so legitimate HL comments that get sent to moderation tend to get approved in a matter of minutes, if not seconds.
Okay, let's see if this crossposting thing works! Here goes ...
This post was originally posted on Dreamwidth and, using my Felagundish Elf magic, crossposted to LiveJournal. You can comment here or there!