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October 3rd, 2011
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No more anonymous comments on my LJ
I regret this-- I've gotten some good posts from people who don't have LJ accounts, but there's just too much spam being let through, and I'm tired of deleting it.

Is there any way of dealing with spam there other than disallowing anonymous comments?

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From:kgbooklog
Date:October 3rd, 2011 10:24 pm (UTC)
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I clicked the box to screen anonymous comments, but I don't get nearly as many as you do. (I think I've had a total of one anonymous comment that sounded like it was actually replying to my post.)
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From:ritaxis
Date:October 3rd, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
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The spam I have been getting is on the Bella and Chain accounts. I don't know how to prevent it. I think it's weird that the active account doesn't get any, but the inactive ones do. If it was legitimate advertising, you'd think they'd be targeting actual readers.
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From:nancylebov
Date:October 3rd, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
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Some of my posts attracted more spam than others, but it wasn't a very obvious pattern for which ones.

Dreamwidth has been comment spam free.

Edited at 2011-10-03 10:40 pm (UTC)
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From:dglenn
Date:October 3rd, 2011 11:30 pm (UTC)
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I got a bunch of DW spam a while ago (early-ish in DW's existence), but then it dropped off, hard -- suggesting that DW stays on top of tuning their spam filters (or uses something that tunes itself, like CRM114). I got one DW comment-spam yesterday or the day before, in the middle of a flood of JF comment-spam, and I used to get comment-spam here on LJ (which must have been why I turned off anonymous commenting here Iforgethowlongago, as much as I dislike that solution).

It's usually older entries that get the spam, it seems -- maybe because the spammers hope it'll go unnoticed longer on those?
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From:matgb
Date:October 3rd, 2011 10:52 pm (UTC)
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They're not targetting readers at all. They post something, if it stays up, then they post links to that post, the links get spidered by search engines and their customers sites go up in rankings a miniscule amount. The good thing about Google is it ranks sites according to what people think of them. The bad thing is this means you can get a bot to pretend to be a person.

Short of closing down the journal for anon there isn't really a way to deal with it directly, except keep reporting and hope LJ improve their spam blocking, but that's really hard.
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From:kgbooklog
Date:October 3rd, 2011 11:39 pm (UTC)
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They post something, if it stays up, then they post links to that post,

Which is the point of screening anonymous comments: the spammer never sees the comment, so they give up on me, so I only have to deal with each of them once. I still have to manually delete each spam, but I only get about one a month.
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From:kip_w
Date:October 4th, 2011 12:25 am (UTC)
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I've been getting one or two a day, most often on ancient posts that got some comments. After deleting a few on one post, I lock the comments.
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From:nancylebov
Date:October 5th, 2011 01:12 am (UTC)
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Spammers aren't hated nearly enough. I think most people notice what a pain in ass spammers are (and have no idea of the amount of work it takes to keep them from overwhelming the web and phones), but they don't consider the huge amount of valuable communication spammers have prevented.
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From:dglenn
Date:October 4th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
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When spammers hit a site, I get a whole huge pile of spam comments over a day or three, even though I've got anonymous comments screened. So they apparently don't give up very quickly.
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From:lethargic_man
Date:October 4th, 2011 06:22 am (UTC)
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I have anonymous comments screened on LJ. I still get spam, but almost all of it is recognised by LJ as "suspicious comments", which means I still get the comment notifications, but they can't be seen unless you click "view suspicious comments" on the entry (which functionality is actually broken, not that I particularly care), so I've taken to just deleting comment notifications of obvious spam when they land in my inbox rather than going to the bother of clicking through to delete the comments on LJ.
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From:nancylebov
Date:October 4th, 2011 10:13 am (UTC)
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I had anonymous comments screened, but I was getting up to a dozen spam comments a day.
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From:sashajwolf
Date:October 4th, 2011 12:42 pm (UTC)
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I found that even banning anon comments didn't help much, as a lot of them now seem to use throwaway LJ accounts - I now use the setting that shows a captcha to non-friends, which seems to have taken care of the problem.
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