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Thursday, December 02, 2010

You don't have to enter weird letter sequences to comment

Thanks to a tip from Keetha Broyles, who gets far more comments than I, and therefore should know about spam comments, I have turned off the spam-blocking feature that required my few commenters (thanks!) to enter strange sequences of letters. I don't like doing that on other people's blogs, although I understand the reasons for it very well, and I didn't like imposing that on people who wanted to comment. Well, now, no more trying to figure out exactly what those letters are, and typing them in, on this blog.

Why is that? Because, as Keetha points out, Blogger/Blogspot has a spam blocking feature of its own, which blocks nearly all spam automatically.

Anyone using Blogger/Blogspot for their own blog, who wants to learn more, should go to their Dashboard, and click on the link describing the feature.

I am sorry to report that, in fooling around with this new feature, I managed to permanently delete a dozen or so comments, at least half of which were my own. Oh, well. Lesson learned.

Thanks for reading, and commenting.


Keetha Denise Broyles said...

Oh wow! The student being quoted by the teacher!

Thanks for the shout out.

FancyHorse said...

Sometimes it's fun. You can make up pretend "definitions" for the pretend "words!" Other times, it's an annoyance, so thank you and thanks to Keetha.

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks, FancyHorse.

Thanks again for the tip, Keetha.

atlibertytosay said...

This is a tricky issue for my site ... with recent posts getting 100+ comments it draws the attention of marketers.

Also, my site has risen dramatically in the page rank category lately. I think that's really the only thing you have to worry about at the moment ... if the page rank ever gets really high ... the number of spam bots will increase.

On another site I own I get anywhere from 3-4 spam comment attempts a day because its pagerank is so high and linked by over 2000 different sites - not to mention that it's a reference in a few print books.

I think you made a good decision ...

Martin LaBar said...

atlibertytosay, I wasn't suggesting that everybody do as I have done. Your site is a different matter than mine. I get maybe 2 comments a day, on average.