Sunday, October 6, 2013

To All My Dear Commenters

Dear Commenters,

This morning I had over 50 spam comment notifications from "Anonymous" in my email inbox, and that is simply too much. I don't know why sites in Russia, in particular, like spamming my site, but they do. So, while I hate doing this, I will have to put you through the nuisance of completing the Captcha verification when you leave a comment.

I myself hate it when I have to go through Captcha upon leaving a comment, but alas, I can't be spending that much time wading through and deleting anonymous comments. Plus the spam skews the statistics on which of my posts are truly popular. I hope that this will scare the spammers off, and in a few weeks, I shall try to reset my comment settings to work without Captcha.

For now, please bear with me and continue to comment. It means a lot to me to hear from readers. In fact, whenever I don't get a comment on a post I wonder what have done to be so boring.

Thanks,

Annette

6 comments:

  1. It happens, and they are a nuisance. Mostly Blogger just tosses them automatically into the spam folder instead of wait for approval.

    And sometimes it comes in a spurt. I've opened up email occasionally, and on a given day I might have eighty notices of new email. Some days I've seen it past three hundred, and the vast majority of those were spam notifications. Mind you, almost all of those were placed into the spam folder anyway, with just a few in the approve folder.

    Yesterday, at a site I'm staff at, we got five spammers posting kitchen renovation spam.

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  2. Hi Annette, what William said. I do have mine set for moderation first before publication, maybe that will help eliminate the captcha? But I do get my fair share of spam also, that thankfully does land in the Spam folder first.

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    1. Anne, thanks for chiming in. For now I will try the setup that William suggested below, i.e. just moderating comments on posts older than 30 days. We shall see if that helps!

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  3. I have found that they tend to spam the older posts. I've got mine to set to approve any comment more than a month old.

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    1. William - brilliant idea to moderate older comments! I didn't even realize I could do that until you pointed that out. So for now, I shall go with that. Over the course of today, I still got a spam email notification despite the Captcha setup, so clearly that doesn't deter them. Blogger is actually great about not posting those spam comments but since I want to be notified of every comment I receive, my issue is the email notification I still get for every spam comment. Will see if this helps! Again, thanks so much. You are true blog friend!

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    2. They tend to target a blog I did for the Oscars about escorting Jane Fonda off the stage. At least once a week ther will be an attempt made.

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