Get ready for a suicide mission: On this blog, we will remove our spam filter completely for one day, December 15th.
Today we got our spam comment number 500,000. Pretty scary to think how much energy, computer power, network traffic is wasted on a completely useless activity: To spoil the content with irrelevant comments.
Currently we get somewhere between 2000 and 3000 spam comments each day.
The thing is, that Thomas and I are discussing: We don’t know exactly how much work our spam filter does for us… Granted, 500,000 spam comments is a pretty high number. But we want to know how much pain this saves us for. How much blood and sweat do we.
I have one suggestion: How about declaring spam-filter free day one day a year. What about December 15th, which is available according to wikipedia?
The purpose of Spam Filter Free day is to
- put focus on how much energy, computer power, network traffic, and manual work is wasted by the completely irrelevant comments
- put focus on spam filters and their current effectiveness
- We remove the filter a saturday, where traffic is usually lower (so the annoyance for the end-users will be as little as possible)
For this to work we have to:
- Disable our secret server-validation (that we use before the comment hits wordpress)
- Disable the plugin that emails subscribers when a new comment arrives
- Disable Akismet
- Disable our blacklist that holds comments for moderation if certain words are in the comment
- Disable the function that holds a comment for moderation if it has a certain number of links
- Disable any plugin that makes spammers gain from the fact that we disable our spam filters. (For instance the “no nofollow” or “dofollow” plugin)
Join us if you like, and drop a comment about it here :) And if you do drop a comment here on December 15th, please forgive us if we accidentally mark a correct comment as spam. We will probably have a hard time cleaning up afterwards. If your comment dissappears, contact us as soon as possible.
- 100,000 Blog Spam Comments (Feb 26th)
- Blog Usability: Spam Comments Irritate Subscribers (April 2nd)
- Spam Commenters Are Wasting Brainpower (September 9th)