By no means am I a comment spam fighting superhero, nor even the poor detective who knows someone is putting down all these organized criminal enterprises with stunning and stealthy alacrity, though it’s not one of his guys, that’s for sure. Hell, I’m barely the man on the street with the mortgage and two kids and a wife who doesn’t seem to see you when you walk through the door every evening, even though your welding job is paying for her salon appointments and her tupperware parties. No, I’m hardly a speck in the unknown city of this spread of larger-than-life figures, average do-gooders, and citizens, though I am trying really really hard to be that bus driver you see in one panel on page 12, the guy who asks the superhero-in-disguise if he needs some help stepping off that third step (poor guy, wonder how long he’s been blind?).
In other words, I’ve gone and mucked the whole point up, and that’s the truth.
What I really want to alert you to is the recent development by Movable Type to further reduce the power of comment spam. Whilst not a prevention mechanism per se, it is a method by which the whole point of comment spamming becomes null and void. And as best I can figure it, no lawyers are involved at the blog level.
Essentially, MT has gained the broad support of Google, MSN, Yahoo, and hopefully more in the near future, to ignore links with a special, new tag developed as a automated plugin.
Thus defeating the whole point of spamming blog comment sections in order to gain a higher placement in a search engine query result.
As I’ve become the victim of a spam DOS attack, I’m quite serious about fighting it whenever and however I can. If you’re in the same boat, highly consider installing this new plugin.