Purging Spam

Due to my complete inattention, T&B publshed approximately 3,000 spam comments In the last two months. That's actually a pretty low number considering I was using a dumb filter and was suffering from a strange hardware configuration that wouldn't let me alter software parameters.

T&B receives a spam comment every ten minutes -- roughly 6 an hour, or about 150 per day -- 9,000 over the past two months. So the filter caught ~66% of these, without me doing anything, while subjecting honest commenters to a 1-2% false positive probability.

I've culled the spam, and reconstituted the filter, hoping to up the catch rate to 98% with a less than 1% false positive rate.

Thanks for your patience.


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