It’s literally coming faster than I can delete it. I need to do something drastic. Most of it doesn’t hit the site, but I still have to delete it. I spent an hour deleting comment spam on Sunday. I’m looking at a few options and these are the ones on which I would like your opinion:
- Preview – force users to preview their comments before they post. This prevents bots from flooding the posts with spam. If you’ve read JWalkblog, you know how this works.
- Registered Users – Only users who have registered would be able to comment. I think 90% of the commenters are regular readers and are already registered. However, it’s one more username, password that you have to remember.
- Close Comments – I’m seriously considering closing comments on posts that are one month old. Very few of those posts get comments that aren’t spam. Some do and some add valuable information which would be lost under this method.
I’m looking at other alternatives that are less intrusive to your reading experience. I will likely use a combination of techniques. If you have an opinion on the above three or any other ideas, please leave a comment.