Comment Spam

If you have an e-mail address, you know by now that an effective spam filter is an absolute must – let me recommend the open source mail client Thunderbird – if you don’t want to be flooded by “offers” of different kinds of medication, questionable investment advice and so on.

Less well known is the fact that the comment functions in weblog software are also open to abuse by spammers. But that’s the way it is and if you have a blog you should 1) turn on moderation to catch spam comments and 2) install some kind of spam filter.

Fortunately, WordPress includes a service known as Akismet which is a very effective spam killer and which lets me delete comment spam by the click on a button – or by simply forgetting about it and letting it disappear without trace.

I just wanted to let you guys in Thailand know about that.

Oh, and while we’re at it: Spam is not just a nuisance. We also know that spammers are usually criminals and rather nasty characters. They and their “messages” belong in the trash bin.