I'm prepping the 13th spam outing for tomorrow, and it's going to be a big one. Too big, really. I started reporting my blog's spam with the intent of shaming administrators into securing their networks. Aside from a couple of isolated cases, though, the botnet problem seems only to have gotten worse. Turning on the approval queue only stopped the immediately visible hassle; it's gathered up over 1000 worthless messages since I started making the reports.
So I made one more concession to the spammers today: no links in anonymous comments. I'm still reluctant to turn off open commenting entirely, man of the people that I am, so we'll see how well this goes. With any luck, it will mean significantly fewer messages in the queue, and maybe even an end to spam outings completely, since all the current activity will be below my radar. I'll still be logging abuse attempts, though, so it is now more important than ever to get in on my $5.20/year IP monitoring service. Spaces are limited! Order now! The network you save might just be your own!