I am getting spam comments on this site every day. Every day.
You can tell they are spam because they have links in their name from users like “Dolce & Gabbana” or “Final Fantasy Downloads”. The comments themselves are usually generic compliments about blogging but are poorly written; the whole point is to get other readers to click on the link in the user name.
This is a little better than the last time I had to deal with spams in that these are really quite obvious, I don’t think anyone will be mislead into clicking themselves onto a malware projector by accident.
Unless you normally buy very expensive fashion wear like Dolce & Gabbana by clicking anonymous links on gaming blogs.
Nonetheless it detracts from the appeal of this site, and also is annoying. I get ten or twenty every day, and I have to suppress them individually.
I have an array of choices available to aid in spam suppression, but I don’t like any of them, which is why none are in place already.
- I can moderate all comments
- I can use Captcha to make everyone prove they are human before posting a comment
- I can require everyone to register before being allowed to comment
Of these three, I personally prefer the last one. I hate to be so restrictive but I have to do something and the other options are even worse. But I may be biased against Captcha, I have difficulty reading it sometimes and it is very frustrating to be unable to prove that I am human.
What do you think?