I’ve gone back to enabling the TanTanNoodles Simple Spam Filter on my WordPress installation. I didn’t realise what spam it was actually blocking until I started an experiment a few weeks ago to see how the various plugins and systems that I use interact with each other.
What happened was I started getting quite a bit extra similar looking spam, mainly from .ru (where else!) and containing zillions of good and malformed hyper-links to dodgy sites.
The TanTanNoodles Simple Spam Filter, because of it’s pattern recognition ability, is ideal for kicking these things right up the jacksi. It’ll go through trapped comments and allow you to select keywords that you think are correct to hit on. I don’t use (in common with the rest of my plugins) any captcha functionality. I’ve found this slow and distracting, and increases the software conflicts between the various components. This is on top of the latest revelation that it doesn’t work very well anyway.
The TanTanNoodles Simple Spam Filter is now doing it’s job very well, so thank you Joe.