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Monday, March 11, 2013

Spam and word verification



This site gets spammed pretty heavily. Comments on older posts are moderated and that's where most of them get caught. Occasionally, a few get posted on current blog posts. When I find them I delete them. I'm trying to avoid doing word verification or moderating everything before posting. The odd spam post is the cost of not having to deal with those things. I'm trying to be reader friendly.

I like the fact that my readers can post a comment and see it up there right away. Often it gets a dialogue going. My readers are smart knowledgeable people so I think the community benefits from instant comments.

Thanks for you patience.

-Sixbears

24 comments:

  1. Keep it this way for as long as you can.
    I won't do word verification but I'm getting lots of spam and am compelled to do comment moderation...

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  2. Since you mentioned spam, I couldn't resist:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqreRufrkxM

    Wait, this's the right Monty Python:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anwy2MPT5RE

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    1. I bet you weren't expecting the Spanish Inquisition...

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    2. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition . ..

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  4. Unless a blogger has a huge response to his posts, I can't understand why he would fear moderation. Even with a dozen spam mixed in, it only takes a few seconds to moderate. They usually are THAT EASY to pick out. Getting rid of the anonymous option solved nearly ALL of my spam problem. The word verification is often illegible and requires several tries to get through. As a result, I've been gradually deleting folks who use it from my follow list.

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    1. I had complaints from people that had a hard time getting through without the anonymous option. Blogger can be so messed up.

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  5. That's one thing that absolutely mystifies me.
    Why in the Sam Hell are they spamming old posts?
    NOBODY will see it!

    EEEEDIOTS!
    I finally had to go to moderation on my old Blogger site because that is basically an archive now.
    I hate word verification as much as the next guy but I hate spammers worse times ten.

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    1. Once in a great while I get a new reader who plows through all the old posts. Usually those are only read by the NSA. :)

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    2. They spam the old posts to increase their ratings in Google. They figure that since no one is going to read them, no one is going to delete them.

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    3. So that's what they are doing. Google should get its act together and do something about the practice.

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  6. Hope you don't have to 'cause I can hardly ever figure out the word. I've had spam, too but just delete it.

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  7. I had to go to moderation because of anon’s placing nasty and/or grossly inaccurate and misleading comments on old posts. To make it worse I wasn’t being notified about their arrivals by Blogger about the new comments on old posts. Since my site is also an archive of “how to” it could be dangerous to a new reader plus my readers don’t like the foul language. So I went to simple approval on my end before posting.

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    1. We do what we have to do. So far, Blogger has been notifying me of all the old comments. Once in a great while I actually get a valid one. Sadly, they come as a surprise.

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  8. Spam is good especially with fried eggs.

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    1. The only good kind of spam. I like to fry it up myself, but my lovely wife hates it so I have to cook it when she's not home.

      Maybe I should worry that the dog loves it. Kinda does look like dog food.

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  9. I just shut down anonymous comments and my problems were solved.

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    1. That would take care of 99% of mine, but right now I think I have enough valid anonymous commenters to not do that -yet.

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    2. I too am happy to respect someone who wishes to remain anonymous for whatever reasons and although I get some hundreds of spam a day, it only takes a few minutes of housekeeping to delete everything.
      It's just a part of blogging.
      Like life you just get on with it...

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    3. Well, this has been interesting. It's great to have gotten so much good feedback.

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  10. Just opened a google account to see what its like.

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