Someone spammed my blog with 400+ comments for some shoes site. Took me less than 2 minutes to skim the emails, see the pattern, and then remove all the spam from my comments moderator queue. This sort of thing is the big strength of PyBlosxom.
I have my blog set up to store comments as individual text files in a
comments/ directory. All comments have to be approved
before they make it to the site. Approved comments end in
and comments in the moderator queue end in
Additionally, comments that contain one of a series of blacklisted words
are rejected automatically. Any time someone posts a comment, I get
It took me a minute to skim my 400+ emails and notice they're all kind of the same, 10 seconds to update the blacklist so that I won't get any additional comments like this in the future, and 10 seconds to remove all the spam from the queue with:
for mem in `grep -rl spamwordhere *`; do rm $mem; done
That was it--spam gone in less than 2 minutes. Took longer to write the blog post about it.