Two days ago, I noticed that I still get lots of hits to old posts here at this little blog. And I got to thinking.
A while back, I installed a plug-in that closes old posts from comments and TrackBacks. The idea was to reduce spam.
So, this week, I wondered if perhaps I had over-reacted. I wondered if perhaps I should have not closed all the old posts.
Anyway, I disabled the plug-in, meaning that posts wouldn't close after a certain period of time. Then I went and updated all the old posts in the database to re-open them for comments and TrackBacks.
Within minutes ... heck, within a minute ... the spam filters had caught some of those "Nice site! Visit my blog..." and "generic-viagra" and such comments and TrackBacks.
Within an hour, there were well over a hundred caught.
They come in spurts. I'll get a couple of dozen within a minute or two, then a hour or so will go by. Then another wave. Sometimes only a handful in an hour. And overnight last night, there were only a couple of hundred.
Anyway, I remember now why I closed all the old posts. I knew why I had done it, but I remember ... really remember ... why I closed the old posts.
I haven't gone back and re-closed them.
But I might.
Comment spam is evil.
I like Spam®.
But I don't like spam!