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Old 19th August 2005, 03:51 PM   #1
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Hi,

I recently noticed a comment posted on my personal blog account by an un-identified person and it looked to me like a spam, yes it is, so called as "Splog" = Spam + Blog ....

I was wondering how to stop people commenting through spam and I came across this article which I would like to share with you guys ...

visit eWeek Website

Also you could report splog activity by visiting SplogReporter website

Hopefully this initative stops sploggers not spreading, for now I would suggest if you have blog sites just turn off recieving comments section untill the blogging software make some enhancements ...

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Old 25th August 2005, 09:10 PM   #2
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"Splogging?" Did you make that up?

Seriously, though. I'm just ribbin' ya.

IMHO a good method that could be used to keep splogging from spreading (here come the t-shirts) would be a word- and phrase-recognition system combined with a "black list" of offending IP addresses similar to those used by "spam filters" and web server anti-hacker programs. Not so tough to put in place. There's some automation plus the blog admins would look things over every once in a while and append/amend the filters.

A blogging application that cuts down on splog. Brilliant!

It sounds like a good point of ingress into the software market for an enterprising individual.

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Old 26th August 2005, 09:47 AM   #3
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Default I don't blog, therefore I can take the day off ...

I guess the mis-use of blogs was inevitable. Surely a forum, with moderators, was always a better idea?

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Further support for the rel="nofollow" attribute can also help address this by ensuring that the tactic used does not provide benefits.

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Old 26th August 2005, 12:31 PM   #5
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Agreed. That might also help keep your blog from being blacklisted when the splogging gets to be too much.

Explanation and examples of the rel="nofollow" attribute

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Old 26th August 2005, 01:40 PM   #6
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SS, thanks for that link. It was extremely informative. Now for people that do reciprocal linking, they'll have to make sure there's not a nofollow in the tag Funny. Places like linkmanager or whatever it is - the automation bits - will probably check that for you I'd imagine.

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Old 26th August 2005, 03:34 PM   #7
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I guess the mis-use of blogs was inevitable.
Doesn't it always happen with everything good on the 'Net? The jerks get a hold of something good and valuable and ruin it for everybody.

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Hi Infosourcing,

Spam commenting on your blog can be kept under control by banning the IP where the spam commenting is coming from.

Many of the blog softwares allow you to do this. Moveable Type, for instance, allows that. Even Haloscan, the add-on commenting feature I use with my Blogger blogs, offers an IP banning feature. Others sometimes have a plug-in to manage comment spam.

Bulk deleting features in various blog softwares also help. You can delete large numbers of spam comments with a few keystrokes.

It requires a few minutes of maintenance work here and there, but most sites are able to keep commenting spam under control.

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