Steel White Table
is was being flooded with spam comments from someone using a program to automate the task. The origin’s IP address changes occasionally to no noticable pattern. I may have to shutdown commenting until further notice.
Update (an hour later): It appears someone has been planning this since at least September 11 around 1am, with my server being bombarded with hits, possibly causing Denial of Service (DoS) (I wouldn’t know since I’m never on at that time, and no one informed me otherwise). Since then the source has been hitting my server continually, sometimes every couple of seconds, sometimes every couple of hours. This evening they started inserting a spam comment every 10-15 seconds into all posts on Steel White Table.
This site uses WordPress which has been excellent at filtering spam; however, spam comments are merely flagged as being spam; they’re still inserted in my database, where I can approve or delete them. I need a way for users to verify legitimate comments as they enter them. I’m thinking about implementing a security-type function that’s becoming common: entering the letters or digits displayed in a random image, posting the comment only if what’s typed matches the image’s characters.
When I tried banning the IP culprit, it switched to another IP, so that obvious solution wasn’t helpful.
Anyone have suggestions?