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Greeting, Courier readers and bloggers. We have had some luck with our new spam filter catching spammers. However, I'm worried it may be a little overzealous and we may be banning legitimate users from the site. So, I'm going to ask any new users to please do me a favor.

When you sign up as a user on the site, please try to post a blog immediately. I'll likely be able to tell from the type of blog that you post whether you are a legitimate user or a spammer. I may also email new users at the email addresses they provide and ask a few questions that only people familiar with this area would be able to answer.

The problem lies in the type of email addresses people have. Ninety-nine percent of the spammers we had problems with had @yahoo.com or @gmail.com email addresses. So, whenever someone has an email address from either of those domains, we have a tough time distinguishing the user from a spammer.

And when someone simply signs up to use the site and does not immediately try to post a blog, we have to guess -- using only the user's email address -- whether they're legitimate.

Thanks,
Hollie Barnidge
Courier managing editor


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sebekm commented on Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011 at 12:54 PM

Ms. Barnidge: Thanks for all of your efforts to keep the site free from spam. However, my hunch is that in the end, you'll have to have some sort of quarantine on blogs (if not on actual comments) if you want to stop spam entirely. I hope I'm wrong.

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011 at 12:55 PM

...and ANOTHER ONE just got posted...

sebekm commented on Sunday, Dec 11, 2011 at 17:40 PM

Here's another idea: we rarely have legitimate posters who initiate more than two blogs per day. Perhaps there could be a limit on daily blogs - or at least blogs on Saturdays and Sundays, as that seems to be when most of the damage is done. At least that would cut down on the number of trash blogs you have to weed through to find the legitimate ones.

Also assume that there's no way to ID the perpetrator(s) by their the IP address, so as to facilitate blocking their traffic that way.

lholmes commented on Sunday, Dec 11, 2011 at 22:30 PM

doesn't seem to be working. Better luck next time.


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