https is win for spam

Well, here are some stats for a longer period of time since moving to HTTPS.

So moving to HTTPS lowered the average from ~1000ish to ~200 spam comments per month (I implemented HTTPS near the end of 2011-02).

And yay, for Akismet’s graphs being back. For some reason they’d been broken for ages on this blog.

How to get rid of spambots on WP?

Simple, start using SSL.

Not entirely sure why this keeps spambots away, but a drop from ~100 spam comments/day (1/2) to at most 4 seems pretty cool.

Edit: seems like they just do a POST request to an old URL (, which results in this reply:

HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently
Server: nginx/0.9.4
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2011 07:10:24 GMT
Content-Type: text/html
Content-Length: 184
Connection: close

I’m guessing once they rescan the new URLs they’ll be spamming again. Just a matter of time for them to update their “bookmarks”. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, here’s the Akismet screenshot:

Pretty cool, no ?

Totals can be found here.

Gmail spam “mark-as-read”

Google changed their Mailbox names (from Google Mail, to Gmail) so here is the update from my previous php script I made a few years ago.

Edit: Gmail reverted back to the previous version (imap folders were “Google Mail”, changed to “Gmail” yesterday and today). To version v0.03 won’t work anymore. I’m guessing this was a temporary change to implement their exchange/push-support.