This morning I woke up to find 95 inactive comments awaiting my approval; all of them were comment spam.
When Tobyjoe and I moved mihow.com over from Typo to Mephisto (January of this year), we signed up for Akismet, which is an amazing system. Here’s how it works. All comments (meaning from every Web site running Akismet) are submitted to Akismet. They scan each and every one of them. They flag words, phrases, IPs, etc. If there are any similarities from what the spammer leaves on your Web site and what they have in their database, the comment is temporarily marked as spam and is not pushed live. It is then up to you to sift through them and/or delete them in your admin tool. And just so you know how right on they are, I have received thousands of comment spam since January and only once did Akismet get it wrong.
For those bloggers overrun by spam, I highly recommend checking out Akismet. Every day, as I delete this crap, I get a thrill, like I am playing a video game, zapping the bad guys. This way, you don’t have to activate every single comment that comes in. The ones that are legit, show up. The others are set aside for your approval.
I still receive a lot of retro comments/spam from actual people. And sometimes the comments irritate me because they are left after someone searches for something disgusting, cruel, or just plain stupid. I haven’t decided what to do about this yet, but I might have the system disable comments on some posts after 48-hours. I might just continue to delete them by hand. However, if in the next couple of weeks you see this taking place here and there, it’s because I got fed up with the juveniles.