Posted Jun 23, 2004 in si-blog.
Comment spam is on the increase again. I cannot believe that people can be bothered to make the effort, but they do. Unwanted referrals are increasing as well. Some son of a bitch obviously entered this domain name into one or more porn directories, so hundreds of porn sites keep on linking to me. I can't help feeling that the vistors must be a little disappointed...
Anyway, these problems need to be overcome. The new version of this blog (expect it to be a few weeks down the line) will no longer have a referral page. I will still collect and display statistics, but referrals will be nixed. Comments, however, are going to be a bigger problem.
I am thinking of requiring users to sign in (after a one-time-only registration) before allowing them to post a comment. I'm leaning toward the confirmation email route, so that I can personally vet each registrant. That means anyone who wants to post will be required to cough up a valid email address (which will then act as a password). A cookie will make it easier for the frequent posters. What do you think?