I don’t know if it’s just me or if everyone is seeing this, but the amount of blog comment spam that I receive has exploded lately.

Spam Trend

So far this month, MT-Blacklist has blocked over 2,400 comment spam attempts. That doesn’t count the number that it missed–that has to be at least 200 more, including 12 so far while I’ve been writing this message. The latest couple batches don’t even seem to be obvious spam–they include a fake email address and some text, but no web pages, either in the URL field of the comment or in the body, and the text is generic. If I wasn’t receiving a few dozen per hour from different IP addresses with the same basic text, I’d assume it was just a deranged poster or two. As it is, I can only assume that it’s an attempt to pollute a Bayes table with bogus text, except MT-Blacklist doesn’t use Bayes–it’s just keyword matching.

At the present rate, I think I’m actually seeing more comment spam attempts then legitimate page views some days. I think I’m getting more blog spam then email spam, too, but it’s a close race.

I swear, I need to move off of MovableType 2 one of these days, but the last time I tried, I just couldn’t find anything that I was willing to spend the effort on. Drupal is nifty, but it’s not really what I’m looking for. MT 3.1 would probably work, but it’s not exactly what I want, either. I keep waiting for one of the Rails-based blog systems to become usable, but I don’t think we’re quite there yet.