I’ve had it with Movable Type comment spam blitzkriegs dropping available server CPU to 0 and broadsiding web and mail services. Last night we endured a comment spam attack so severe it knocked out the mail server overnight. If you’ve followed this space for a while, you know I’ve tried virtually every trick and upgrade at my disposal to deal with the problem. But it just keeps getting worse.
A few minutes ago, I switched this weblog to a comment-registration-required system. I know this will discourage a percentage (probably a good percentage) of casual comments, and that’s a bummer. But TypeKey registration is trivially easy, and your registration will work at any TypeKey-enabled blog on the internet.
I’ve also just announced the new comment registration policy on status.birdhouse and to the owners of our four most intensive MT users.
My hatred of spammers is boundless and bottomless.