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Actually, spammers are quite happy to throw their crap into old threads. Much of the time, it seems that being seen by Google is all they actually care about.
Posted Jul 30, 2010 13:45 UTC (Fri) by jzbiciak (✭ supporter ✭, #5246)
Posted Jul 30, 2010 14:43 UTC (Fri) by ortalo (subscriber, #4654)
Posted Jul 30, 2010 15:07 UTC (Fri) by corbet (editor, #1)
That said, we do put rel=nofollow onto links in comments in some situations.
Posted Jul 30, 2010 16:56 UTC (Fri) by dmarti (subscriber, #11625)
When would you run the "make oldconfig" command?
If a manufacturer installs Linux on mobile phones and sells them, which of the following actions does the GNU GPL require?
Which of these is _not_ a Linux filesystem?
Posted Aug 3, 2010 23:48 UTC (Tue) by PaXTeam (subscriber, #24616)
what we do on the grsec forums is that for 'new' users (registered for less than X days and/or posted less than Y times) we disable the rendering of the url tag (i.e., the url is rendered as plain text, and not lost). this doesn't prevent spamming but is an annoyance for those semi-automated drive-by spammers who want to lure readers to their own sites with a click of a button. and for targeted spams it's hand-to-hand combat as usual ;).
Posted Aug 5, 2010 11:19 UTC (Thu) by yodermk (subscriber, #3803)
Obviously, virtually every spam message contains a URL. Most legitimate comments do not.
Preventing those with fewer than 5 legit comments from posting messages with URLs seems like a small price to pay.
Posted Jul 30, 2010 16:45 UTC (Fri) by james (subscriber, #1325)
Regular LWN readers would not be the target of the spam, except that the spammers might hope LWN-reading sysadmins would be less likely to block lwn.net and more likely to unblock it, thinking that a LWN block was a mistake by the filtering software...
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