[geeklog-devel] Anti Spam Features

Tom Willett tomw at pigstye.net
Tue Oct 28 11:03:16 EST 2003

Add the ip to the comments in geeklog and my ban plugin could easily handle 
the rest.  

All I would have to do is add the logic to check for the repeated spam 

Tom Willett
tomw at pigstye.net

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From: Tony Bibbs <tony at tonybibbs.com>
To: Geeklog Development <geeklog-devel at lists.geeklog.net>
Sent: Tue, 28 Oct 2003 09:09:17 -0600
Subject: [geeklog-devel] Anti Spam Features

> As noted in the forums of Geeklog.net it appears a growing trend is 
> the spamming of blogs.  With Geeklog a big player in this arena I 
> think we would be wise to start thinking up ways to implement anti-
> spam measures.
> I think the start would be to be able to mark comments as spam.  
> When a comment is identified as spam I think the IP should be 
> logged.  In the config.php file I think we could then set a spam 
> threshold at say 5. What that means is if a an IP is tied to 
> spamming the Geeklog site five times then we would ban that IP.  I 
> know using IP's isn't the greatest but my hunch is 99% of this sort 
> of spam would come from static IP's and not proxy IP's.  However, we 
> should still allow admins to turn this feature on or off.
> One other bit of useful logic would be to check if the source IP of 
> spam has been tied to comments which weren't identified as spam.  If 
> we did that then in our logic we could basically check a) has the IP 
> hit the threshold, if so has it been used in non-spam comments.  If 
> it *has* been used in non-spam comments then we could assume it is 
> from a proxied IP and not ban the IP.
> I also think later versions of this could use MySQL's full text 
> searching capabilities.
> To start, if we were to add the IP to the comment table I think we 
> could write a plugin to do all this.  OF course this assumes that a 
> plugin API is called when a comment is submitted which may or may 
> not be the case ( I can't remember).
> I'm sure you guys may have other ideas too.
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