Like most blogs that have the comment feature enabled, we get hit by the automated comment spam scripts every day. The WordPress spam protection, Akismet, works very well… 6,976 spam comments have been intercepted since we launched this blog last fall.
But occasionally the spammers outsmart it and one gets through… or a legitimate comment gets flagged as spam. The latter happened twice last week. The former happened today and it was a raunchy one.
I deleted it early this morning but of course, everyone on the email notification list for that discussion thread got the nasty words in their email. Thanks to both Ross and Kiffi Summa for alerting me on it… and to Kiffi for her suggestion that I explain what happened in a blog post.
The only additional step we could take to prevent this from ever happening would be to moderate all comments, requiring that one of us manually approve each one before they get posted. Since we’ve had over 1,200 comments posted, that would be a lot of work for us. I know it first-hand, as I used to manually approve all comments submitted to the Northfield.org ISSUES list. I really don’t want to do that again.
My apologies to all of you who were subjected to that bit of ugliness today. I can’t promise it won’t happen again, but it should be rare.