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Welcome to Geeklog Monday, May 20 2013 @ 09:56 AM EDT
1/1: Are you getting spam on your Geeklog site?
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The idea behind this and the other poll is to get a feel if and how spam really is a problem for Geeklog sites these days. Technically, the SpamX plugin should pretty much take care of it, but how much spam do you actually see?
Referer spam should be blocked as early as possible, i.e. by the webserver, so that it doesn't create extra load (due to the need to create a session, etc.).
I've explained how to do this here.
The Spam-X plugin only kicks in once somebody actually tries to post something, so it wouldn't help against referer spam.
The article above is linked from the FAQ entry How can I speed up my Geeklog site?
I do actually intend to write up a similar FAQ entry on security issues, but haven't found the time and inspiration yet ...
Well, it seems like there is a way. It still requires the PHP interpreter to be fired up, so it needs more resources than the .htaccess approach, but integrating it into lib-common.php before the sessions are created will at least keep the load off of the database.
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