From Pine View Farm

Spam 2

When Secure Image went west during a power failure, I installed Spam Karma 2.

It’s done a great job gobbling up comment spam–it hasn’t made a mistake yet.

Unfortunately, the spam does go into the database (though only I see it). Each comment entry awakens a new thread in Apache and MySQL. My poor little webserver has been drowning under all the threads. It’s only a Pentium 300, for Pete’s sake! If you’ve tried to hit the blog and gotten an error saying that “WordPress cannot connect to MySQL,” that’s why.

So I’ve installed a new question and answer spam filter which unregistered users–or users who choose not to register before posting a comment–will have to complete before posting a comment.

People can answer questions. Spambots can’t.

And suggesting for fun questions with answers obvious to any literate person will be happily considered.

One of these days, I’ll find the time to fix the corrupt Secure Image table in my database, but, in the meantime, it’s the mean time.

Anyone who wants to register to post comments is welcome to request a password by clicking the “Email” link above the picture of Pine View Farm.



  1. Opie

    March 17, 2007 at 9:45 pm

    Of all the people to demand a literacy test before granting individuals a voice in the discourse… I never thought I’d see the day, Frank…

  2. Frank

    March 18, 2007 at 11:39 am

    Registration is free and open to everyone.

    Otherwise, I expect persons to be able to answer questions such as “What car brand did Louis Chevrolet found?”

    If someone can’t figure that out, I don’t want him or her wasting my–or your–time.