Given I still haven’t got the error for TypePad AntiSpam fixed on UMW Blogs, but after a recommendation from the WordPress forum legend @andre_r I installed the spam fighting plugin Cookies for Comments, and so far I am blown away by how well it’s been working. It has been running on the site since Wednesday and the spam dam is holding strong. I am not entirely surprised because Donncha (of WPMu fame) is behind this one. It seems like this plugin works through setting cookies and checking a cookie that has been set. And for added protection you can set some code in .htaccess to kill the spam before they even get to your site—which I have running on UMW Blogs. It has seemed amazingly effective. On any given week the main UMW Blogs blog gets anywhere from 2000 to 3000 spams, this week so far (it has been 4 days) we got 40-50. That is mind blowing to me.
I’m not sure if there’s going to be some major spam wormhole that opens up one day soon and UMW Blogs is covered with millions of festering spams—it is kind of a nightmare vision I’ve been having on and off for years—but as of now I am blown away by just how strong Cookies for Comments has help up against the spam apocalypse. Anyone out there have any issues with Cookies for Comments I might want to know about? If so, let me know, if not, then all the better 🙂