Recently, I moved around my Azure subscription. The site was down for a while and that was fine. I got everything spun back up, got everything updated and life was good. Eventually, I started poking around my site fixing broken links, removing unused templates, and the like. Along the way, I realized I have over 5,000 subscribers. None have ever posted a comment. Probably because I block all spam comments.
This got me thinking and purging… I removed all @*.ru subs. I started to see naming patterns, patterns that were obviously to human eyes but not machine eyes.
I’m dropping all subscribers that don’t have an avatar. If you think I dropped you and you still want to subscribe, please re-up. I am also adding 2-factor authentication which should help limits bots from setting up more of these bogus accounts.