June 04, 2007

I've re-worked the comment filters, changing .*'s into .{0,20}'s. This should make the filter less likely to bite on false positives. I think. Regexp's have (obviously) never been my strong suit, so it's just as likely to have broken everything completely. Will keep you posted...

Posted by scott at June 04, 2007 08:41 AM

eMail this entry!

Well, let's just see here...

Personally - and I do mean personally - I like to use lots of fun things that cause filters to go blooey.

Posted by: ron on June 4, 2007 09:02 AM

Personally, I like being able to back up my statements with linkage.


Okay, let's try a text URL:


Well, nuts.


Posted by: Tatterdemalian on June 4, 2007 10:12 AM

That'd be amusing. But I think it'd be more fun if you could DOS a spammer (once they're proven, not just those of us that get an occasional failed link).

Probably not legal, but vigilante justice is just fun.

Posted by: ron on June 4, 2007 11:23 AM

Unfortunately there will most likely always be legitimate URLs that the filter fires on. 90% of our comment spam is now snagged by about ten regexps, so if your URL follows one of those patterns you're SOL. Looking at the logs this morning, I see a whole bunch of [dot]info attempts, and two attempts to post a URL with things like /ab/cd/link.html. One of yours?

Posted by: scott on June 4, 2007 11:45 AM

I just tried to post a link that I just emailed you. Obviously, it's in your filter trap now. Is this the kind of thing that's going to get blocked due to having more than one series of slashies in it?

Posted by: ron on June 4, 2007 12:33 PM


just to see if it works...

Posted by: ron on June 4, 2007 04:14 PM

And, since it did work, the link is to an amusing video about Michael "the betting dog-fighter cum NFL quarterback" Vick. Supposed to be amusing, but I can't watch it until I kill my VPN for the evening.

Posted by: ron on June 4, 2007 04:15 PM

My attempt was a test link to Tim Blair's page. Dunno if he's spammed you in the past, or maybe the spammers have been spoofing his domain in the hopes of getting their links through.

Posted by: Tatterdemalian on June 4, 2007 06:02 PM

Testing Ron's link:


Posted by: Tatterdemalian on June 4, 2007 06:04 PM

Whaddayaknow, it worked. Now watch the spammers take advantage of it.

Posted by: Tatterdemalian on June 4, 2007 06:07 PM

Dude. You just got spammed in your spam-b-gone post.

That right there's funny.

Posted by: Ron ap Rhys on January 4, 2011 02:27 PM
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