I’m not sure why, but on April 3, 2018, the people behind the Mollom anti-spam module for Drupal basically went out of business. This meant that I either had to disable comments on this site (which I did for a while), or look at other anti-spam modules, which I did over the weekend.
After trying a lot of different anti-spam modules with Drupal 8, the best thing I’ve ever done to reduce comment spam is to go to the Drupal admin /admin/structure/types/manage/blog/fields URI, click Edit on the Comments field, and then select the “Anonymous posters may not enter their contact information.” Since I chose that option two days ago I’ve only had one spammy comment show up in my approval list. That field gave spammers a simple way to enter a URL, and without it, the spam seems to have dried up.
As a brief note today, if you want to know if your Drupal 8 web pages are being cached, take a look at the headers that are returned by your Drupal 8 URLs. Here’s an example using the
I got back to working on my anti-spam program again two nights ago. I included a lesson learned on the growth of a software application here.
Here are a few places on the web that I might read/visit in the future. None are weeded out yet, so reader beware. I'm going to start with this list, and weed out the weak.
Find of the day yesterday: probably nothing new to others who are familiar with the spam industry, but while working on a different problem, I noticed yesterday that spammers are embedding HTML comments in the middle of almost every word in some of the spam email I receive! (At some point, why don't these people look in the mirror, and see that they're stooping so low, and doing something so wrong?)
Looking at the raw text of one message I received, sent to my "unix" email account, the raw text looked like this: