Comment and trackback spam, content theft, splogs, are constant threats to the consistency of the blog content and also a common headache of bloggers. Recently, Lorelle published a list, or better a review, of plugins that prevent spam from reaching the public pages of a WordPress blog. As usual, her article is great, but there are some things I would like to comment on.
First of all, I would like to thank Lorelle for including my Creative Commons Configurator plugin in the “Plugins against Splogs, Scrapers, and Thieves” section of the review. Apart from this article, her blog contains tons of valuable information about WordPress and blogging in general and I am happy that my plugin was featured in a plugin-roundup there.
It would take a person, who has an understanding about HTML forms, only one line of code in order to send a comment spam to a WordPress blog. If this line is put inside a loop that iterates over a file with target blog URIs, then you have a spambot in 4-5 (maximum) lines of code. Allow me to believe that millions of computer users worldwide have the knowledge to implement something as simple as that.
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