Stop the Insanity

I guess I’ll put this under my server’s category. Remember that whole stupid comment spam incident? Well I do! Apparently other people (probably those whose sites are actually read by people outside their apartments 😀 ) are starting to have a worse time with that. Hitting the WordPress DevBlog I noticed that Dougal posted some commentary on the issue and what the WordPress team plans to do about it. This was prompted by a somewhat pessimistic article over at Mark Pilgrim’s site. To be honest, it’s a lot of words and I’m supposed to be working right now, so I’ll be reading it later. But for now I just want to say that I agree with Dougal for the most part, and I’m glad to see that those guys aren’t going to take this lying down. In particular I like the idea of comment moderation, which works fine for a low traffic site such as mine where I get only a few comments every week or so. Obviously this could become difficult for more popular sites, but overall it’s a step in the right direction. I’m not too keen on blacklists, simply because they require a lot of cooperation to maintain and can grow rather bloated and cumbersome with little to no way of correcting mistakes. But that’s a blanket statement that could easily be proven wrong, and of course I give their effort the benefit of the doubt. I think for once, the spammer truly have the underhand (does that make sense?) in this situation and it will not grow into the disaster that is e-mail.