It’s The End of the Spam As We Know It

by john on October 14, 2003

Jay Allen has released MT-Blacklist and bloggers around the world rejoice. Seriously, this is good stuff. It’s amazing how fast things move in the blogosphere.

On September 4th I wrote about the problem in Comment Spam Solutions, adding that I thought the best approach to defeating spam was a blacklist approach where the list was maintained via a central server, easily accessible through web services.

On September 29th I wrote about Jay Allen’s initial approach to resolving this problem, in Clamping down on comment spammers. As much as I liked Jay’s approach I still was looking for a centrally managed list. And in the last few weeks of combating spam I’ve only firmed up that position as it seems every day a new URL is used and I spend as much time adding new URLs to my spam list as I did previously manually deleting the spam comments.

Yesterday Ben Trott of Movable Type stepped into the fray, looking at various options and in particular singling out Jay’s new solution. Until I read this comment from Ben I did not realize how close to perfection Jay’s approach was:

… one of its neatest features-in-development is the ability for weblog systems to share blacklist data using XML-RPC. This provides the basis of a collaborative system similar to Razor, with the option for more management over the items in your own system’s blacklist.

Yes! That’s what I’ve been looking for. Unfortunately I’ll be out of town the next few nights but hopefully I can find time to get this installed, I really think we are close to the final solution.

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The Trommetter Times October 14, 2003 at 9:53 am

Black Monday

I’ve just finished installing Jay Allen’s MT-Blacklist…

reinhard October 17, 2003 at 9:22 am

is there any one who have installed it?

reinhard October 17, 2003 at 9:23 am

is there any one who have installed it?

JayAllen - The Daily Journey October 29, 2003 at 8:56 am

MT-Blacklist Version 1.5 released

Today I am pleased (proud, relieved, thankful, etc) to announce the release of MT-Blacklist v1.5. There are some major changes…

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