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 I noted five days ago, Mollom went out of business so I had to switch this Drupal 8 website to use a different module to control comment spam. I ended up adding two modules that work together, but the side effect of using their best features is that they end up disabling Drupal 8 page caching. This image clearly shows the result that disabling page caching has on CPU use.
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.
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
This is a good page on on how to upgrade a Drupal 6 website to a Drupal 8 website, including this tip on how to delete all spammy comments very quickly.
Tired of seeing "junk" in the Google search engine results pages? This week I'm launching a new website named Report Search Spam (ReportSearchSpam.com), where regular, everyday users will be able to report the search engine spam they see.
You know search engine spam when you see it:
For those looking for a Drupal CAPTCHA product or service, I still remain very happy with the Mollom CAPTCHA service. Like Drupal, Mollom was also created by Dries Buytaert, so as you can imagine, it integrates very well with Drupal.
Here are some more details on my Mollom Drupal CAPTCHA experiences to date.
Summary: This is a review of the Mollom CAPTCHA service, based on our experiences using Mollom with Drupal here on the devdaily.com website.
When I switched this website over to Drupal about three weeks ago, I knew I also needed to find a good Drupal CAPTCHA tool to deal with both comment spam (also known as "comment form spam") and contact spam (contact form spam). After digging around a little bit, Mollom seemed like it might be a good tool, especially since both Drupal and Mollom were both created by the same author, Dries Buytaert.
Drupal default settings, security, and spam: I've created several new websites with Drupal lately (One Man's Alaska, Tequila/Monk, and Legend of the Squirrel), and while I really like a lot of things about it, you also have to be careful with Drupal's default settings, in particular the default "social" settings, which lead to a
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.