Dev4Press server started experiencing occasional problems with overload in back in July. The problems started getting worse in August and September. And, the investigation lead to some interesting findings.
Before we get to methods to fight comment spam, it is very important to understand how spammers and spambots work, what methods they use, what types of comments they are posting.
Any WordPress website that allows comments or implements forum (bbPress or something else) attracts comment spam. If you ever wondered how comment spam finds your website, this is a good place to start.
It is a last day of 2011, and I will try to summarize the last 365 days in the life of Dev4Press. But first, I would like to thank to all my faithful users that supported me and my projects over the years and I do my best to improve all my plugins and themes in the coming 2012.
I never had problem with paying for services or products (after all, I run commercial plugins and themes business myself), and I planned to upgrade my Akismet license since they introduced the strict payment plan. But, than I discovered that I don’t really need Akismet at all.