How Spammers Limit Platform Choice
Joe and I have been working with eZ publish for the last few months. It is, without a doubt, the best content management system I’ve ever used. I got more done in one week with eZ publish than I did in nine months with Documentum.
I like it so much, that I’d like to use it here, on Gadgetopia. But I can’t. Why? Spammers.
Gadgetopia racks up tons of comment spam. We’re running MT Blacklist, and it automatically intercepts hundreds of spams a day. In addition, I manually delete a couple of dozen more every day that didn’t trip the filter, but that were entered on entries more than two weeks old.
If we switch to eZ publish, I have no anti-spam solution. This is offset a little by the fact that I wouldn’t be using a “standard” comment interface, so there wouldn’t be any spammers out there with scripts written to find and enter comments on an eZ publish-powered site. But what if someone wrote such a script? I’d be screwed beyond belief. I’d have to shut down commenting completely.
I could try to obfuscate the comment form as much as possible, but it’s still going to be a HTML form of some kind. And I’m quite sure that comment spamming has evolved to the point where a spammer can isolate a particular site and write a “plugin” or “profile” of the form on that site in about 30 seconds, so their script can handle that form specifically. (That’s how I would have written it, anyway.)
My only solution would be to write a Blacklist implementation for eZ publish (there are already implementations for other platforms, like WordPress), but there’s just no way I have the time to do that.
So there you have it, spammers are limiting my platform choice. I can’t afford to leave a well-marked trail through the jungle because there are dangers lurking in darkness that would finish me off for good.
Too bad. Spammers ruin everything.