TYPEPAD -- Thanks to leech control contributions from Liam Burke and JD Lasica, I think I finished round three of my battle with comment spam ahead on the points. That's because one of my key indicators suggests I've rebuffed a comment spammer at the door after telling Typepad to block more than 100 IPs. This issue is not as troubling on the darknet world I occupy for most of my day.
I look at referrer logs to see what's happening out front of my open world. Yesterday, I got 18 referrers for bestiality. The word isn't even mentioned on my blog, as a comment or in text. The referrer string was probably passed forward by a comment spammer's open window while he burrowed away trying to post here. And because I continue to have no unwanted comments here, I consider Round Three of my battle to fight the comment spammmers to finish in my favour.
There are many more rounds to fight because these spammers use zombies on unprotected broadband computers to leave behind comments. They're different from the five-a-day comment spams I get from German dial-up customers.
Update 14 May 2004. I finished this sunny Saturday by blocking the following IPs from commenting because they stopped long enough to leave behind "inc3st links":
TypeKey won't solve this problem for me because I want an open nature to my comments. I prefer to nominate the blocklists being used by other Typepad users, like JD Lasica and Loïc Le Meur.
JD Lasica -- Darknets vs Digital Identity
Loïc Le Meur -- "Just deleted 50 hardcore spam comments"