Here we are, two weeks since MT-Blacklist 2.04 was installed, and since then it’s blocked 1212 spams and forced 270 others into moderation. The number of spam comments that actually made their way onto a page? Zero. Which is why I owe Jay Allen my firstborn, or at least several pans’ worth of cookies!
Still, that’s 270, or almost twenty a day, that I still have to moderate. And there was no reason to believe that number wouldn’t keep steadily rising as more automated spamming tools become available.
And as proof that everyone hates a spammer, Jay’s site announces an unlikely alliance between the three heavies of internet search — Google, Yahoo! and MSN — as well as a group of blogware companies including Six Apart, for a new HTML property that will prevent spam tactics on blogs from boosting a spammer’s page rank. Using rel=”nofollow,” a link can be classified as “reader submitted” and hence ignored by indexers from these companies. Since Six Apart is responsible for MovableType and LiveJournal, and Google for Blogger, we should see immediate and broad adoption on the content-producer site as well (and everyone using MovableType should download and install the nofollow plugin to be a part of the solution today). By removing the main benefit spammers get from flooding blogs — prominence on search result pages — hopefully we’ll see a sharp decline in these sorts of attacks.
Yay for the victory of common sense!
Oh, please forgive me for talking software. I know it’s boring and all, but if you only knew how many times I’ve had to bite back some rant about comment spammers — well! Just wonderful to hear some good news on the front for once!
But for those of you looking for something a little more emotionally satisfying, a gift from Hawai’i: