This article was written when I ran Drupal. I have since switched to WordPress, where Akismet is your friend.
Anybody operating popular CMS or forum software in a publicly accessible venue (like this site, that runs the Drupal CMS) has experienced the effect that Google has had on people’s internet conduct.
For those unaware, Google “unbiasedly” ranks websites based upon a patented and entirely secret PageRank algorithm which looks into a number of factors, including the interconnected fabric of internet hyperlinks into their analysis (as opposed to simply looking at the words on the pages). This is what initially separated Google from the pack of search engines back when the internet was first getting started. Continue reading Avoiding “Google” spam: do what others aren’t