piranha: stylized white figure lifting a red barbell with weights (Default)
[personal profile] piranha
i've temporarily set a captcha for anonymous commenters because there seems to be a massive spam run right now, and i'm tired of deleting the screened crap. if that doesn't stop it, i'll turn off anon commenting altogether for the time being -- anyone who wants to can get a code from me to create a journal journal creation is free and easy.

on 2012-02-16 01:54 (UTC)
erik: A headshot of me! (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] erik
No codes required right now. Which is probably part of the problem, and you may want to mention to someone official-ish that you're having big trouble; [staff profile] denise said she was inclined to keep it open-enrolement as long as the spam stayed manageable. So data that there are users who are experiencing heavy spam will be useful to her.

I'm not seeing any spam on my journal, but then most of my posts are flocked.
erik: A headshot of me! (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] erik
Step away from the minecraft. It will still be there when you return.

on 2012-02-17 02:35 (UTC)
synecdochic: torso of a man wearing jeans, hands bound with belt (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] synecdochic
It sounds like what [personal profile] piranha is getting is anonymous spam, not logged-in-user spam, so that wouldn't change even if invites went back on. It's a testing campaign to see whether a particular forum is highly google-visible and whether the people behind it are vigilant in removing spam. It tends to hit individuals pretty heavily for a week or so and then move on. (We block the IPs behind it, but they have endless variations.)

on 2012-02-16 13:31 (UTC)
frith: Yellow pony with yellow mane, stunned look. (FIM Applejack stunned)
Posted by [personal profile] frith
You are getting spam here, on Dreamwidth, or on LJ? I get no spam on DreamWidth, ever. On Livejournal I get friended by fake journals, but that's about it. Here on DreamWidth, anonymous posting on my journal is free and open. No captcha, no logging IP's, nada, just come as you are, as you were, as I want you to be. /earworm

So, no spam. Why? Because I've set privacy to not include my journal in search engine results. Go here and tick the box. For good measure, I've also removed my journal from on-site searches, but people granted access to my journal (which is everyone) are allowed to search it. Spammers want to increase the number of hits they get in Google searches for their product. Lots of hits means the product moves to #1 in Google results. It's a fake popularity swindle. Post product links in millions of journals and bang, instant fake popularity.

A lot of spam is a short text with spelling errors -- that's a spammer testing software. The spelling error makes it a unique search result on Google.

So, be cryptic. If the predators can't find you, you don't have to waste energy fighting them off. ^_^

on 2012-02-16 17:38 (UTC)
liv: Stylised sheep with blue, purple, pink horizontal stripes, and teacup brand, dreams of Dreamwidth (sheeeep)
Posted by [personal profile] liv
The pattern with spam on DW is that it seems to hammer one or two specific journals a week. That means most people don't see any spam at all, but the couple of people who are unlucky (like [personal profile] piranha this week) get loads.

I don't think the bots are sophisticated enough to be able to tell which journals are included in search engine results. Yes, they do want to improve their Googlejuice, but basically they'll spew their sewage on any journal where comments get published and not deleted. I think the reason you get no spam is not because of you settings, but because you've been lucky so far not to be targeted.

on 2012-02-16 21:19 (UTC)
frith: Yellow pony with yellow mane, suspicious look (FIM Applejack)
Posted by [personal profile] frith
It's true that I have not thought of how spammers find journals in the first place.

on 2012-02-17 00:45 (UTC)
frith: Blue-grey cartoon pegacorn with light blue mane (FIM Luna enchanted)
Posted by [personal profile] frith
You're welcome. Your motives are pure and cool, and for that I salute you! 8^)

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