Saturday, October 27, 2012

Gonna tweak the comment system

Just kidding. No one's banned. You guys are all way too awesome.

However, I've heard that Blogger's word verification system is making it impossible for some folks to comment, so I'm turning that feature off. Unfortunately, I still have to have a way to control spam and the only option I can see with Blogger is for me to moderate all comments. I'm willing to do that if it lets more people participate in the discussion, but it does mean that your comments won't appear until I've had a chance to look at them. I'll try to be efficient about that.

Just wanted to let you all know what's going on and that it's not that I'm trying to control conversations. In the seven years I've had this blog, I don't think I've ever seen a rude comment. I love hearing from all of you and just want to include as many people as possible.


[Update: Snell from the awesome Slay, Monstrobot of the Deep! has encouraged me to have more trust in Blogger's spam filter and I think he's right. Since I turned off verification last night, more spam is coming through, but Blogger's catching it all so far. I'm going to turn off moderation for a while and see if that continues to work. Thanks, Snell!]

[Update to the update: Well, that didn't last long. Spam filter's catching everything, but it's still filling up my email with notifications. With word verification off, there's way more spam than I can deal with, even if it doesn't show up on the blog. I had to turn verification back on or abandon my email account. I'm sorry it didn't work. I'll keep thinking and I'm very open to suggestions and recommendations.]


snell said...

Isn't Google/Blogger automatically blocking the spam? It seems to work with 99.99% efficiency over at my crib...

Michael May said...

Hmm. That's possible.

I turned off verification last night and have already noticed more spam trying to get through, but Blogger's catching it and putting it in the spam folder. They've also made it easier to manage comments right from my email, so if something does get through, it's only a click or two to mark it as spam and delete it. That used to be a real chore.

I think I'll turn off moderation for a bit and see what happens. Thanks for that suggestion.

Ken O said...

Clicking on the Audio version of the word verification created some of the most terrifying sounds I've ever heard.


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