I officially don’t get comment spammers

I’ve been moderating all comments for a while, and have updated the comments area to let people know this. I did this in the hope that the spammers wouldn’t bother, but they still do.

So, are they automated bots bypassing CAPTCHA, or are they paid people doing this manually who simply don’t read what’s written there, or don’t believe I’m actually doing it?

I’m mainly interested/concerned because the thought of people actually being paid to type content relevant things in as comments, type in a CAPTCHA code, and click Submit despite a warning that the comment won’t make it past moderation is quite depressing.

What are your thoughts?

Posted on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 11:50 AM |

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  • # re: I officially don’t get comment spammers
    Commented on 7/21/2010 4:47 AM

    I also manually approve all comments and considered letting people know this but maybe now I won't.

    While I don't have a CAPTCHA Akismet would pick up the bulk of it but leave it along with some false positives in the spam section so I switched to manually IP banning places that comment spam more than once and my 'spam' section is now just 3-4 messages a day (down from about 80-120).

    Are you sure you're getting people manually bypass? Your CAPTCHA looks quite simple being just 4 letters and no skew/twist/color - I've read about many CAPTCHA-cracking libraries being available to spammers and integrated into their tools.

    I'd try switching it out for a more complex one and see if it drops off.


  • # re: I officially don’t get comment spammers
    Commented on 7/21/2010 10:38 AM

    Thanks Damien, part of what I wasn't sure of was how far CAPTCHA cracking had come recently. I'll look at switching to something more complex.

    Funnily enough, knowing that these comments are coming via something automated vs someone sitting there doing it manually is quite reassuring :)

  • # re: I officially don’t get comment spammers
    Commented on 7/22/2010 10:57 PM

    Despite the talk of false positives, I've enabled Akismet for now..

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