Comments

I love reading peoples comments, not only are they often interesting, but they also serve to swell my ego.  This is a good thing.

This seems to be a popular blog, which is a good thing, but with that popularity comes a price.

Comment and Trackback spam.

I’ve been coming back from work and finding 20–30 bits of comment spam, and often half a dozen bits of Trackback spam.  After twelve hours of work, the last thing that I want to do is sit down and clear out the clutter.

As one of those people who hates registering for anything, especially reading/commenting on blogs I’ve always left open the possibility to comment anonymously without having to sign in.

Unfortunately I think that this is going to have to change.

So in the next couple of days, unless I receive another idea on how to stop the spam, I’ll be turning off anonymous commenting.  The problem is that I’m kind of tied to the Blogware commenting system, so switching to a slightly less spam-friendly is as far as I’m concerned out of the question.

Obviously I’d like everyone to register a commenting identity, as it makes it easier to follow what people are saying to me, but if you want to remain anonymous then you can use the following details.

Username: guest

Password: guest

Comments?

28 thoughts on “Comments”

  1. Wouldn't it be good if you could have moderators like on a message board. There are those of us who come and check for new stuff often enough that we could remove spam when we see it.

  2. Having a guest login sounds like a good idea to me, as long as it'll allow two or more people to be concurrently logged in as guest.Also you'd need to put a note about it somewhere.

  3. What exactly do you mean by “comment spams”..Everything I can read are proper comments (well apart from that “you stink – or whatever”-post *g*), did I miss anything?

    And concerning the registration I wouldn't mind at all, I am just too lazy to sign in and I am quite good at forgetting my password pp I am sorry

  4. There is a certain irony posting as anonymous.Still, the poster has a valid point, but then again, would you want someone else deciding on the comments you kept and disgarded ?

    You can trust me though, I would edit your posts with glee and fair abandon.

    Keep up the good work, hope I never meet you in your line of work. Nothing personal.

  5. Ah-hah, you see the reason why you don't see them is because I delete them quickly, and they tend to be on posts that are in the archives.You can easily recognise them, because they are a list of links for poker/viagra/porn web sites.

    20+ a day I have to delete.

    B'stards.

  6. Good idea… cos of course everybody else gets the spam as well if they've chosen to 'receive comment notifications for this article'

  7. i be dungbeetle and signing up i do not have an accepable URL i.e. a DOT bllank only the earthlink ref email which appears not to be accepted.

  8. I am not techy, my other half is. I will ask him when he gets in if he knows of any workarounds. Me being the dimwit I am made this comment on the LJ feed I read. *slaps head*

  9. I am not techy, my other half is. I will ask him when he gets in if he knows of any workarounds. Me being the dimwit I am made this comment originally on the LJ feed I read. *slaps head*

  10. If you're looking for alternative identification schemes, I'd suggest you take a look at OpenID (www.openid.net). Since your blog is syndicated on LJ you've already got a number of people reading from there, and openID integrates pretty seamlessly with LJ users.

  11. If you're looking for alternative identification schemes, I'd suggest you take a look at OpenID (www.openid.net). Since your blog is syndicated on LJ you've already got a number of people reading from there, and openID integrates pretty seamlessly with LJ users.

  12. If you're looking for alternative identification schemes, I'd suggest you take a look at OpenID (www.openid.net). Since your blog is syndicated on LJ you've already got a number of people reading from there, and openID integrates pretty seamlessly with LJ users.

  13. i'm sorry, i didn't mean for that to post three times. it kept telling me it couldn't be posted so i hit 'back' and tried again. apparently it did get posted.

  14. I have confidence youll make the right decision in the end, and it wont involve me signing up for lots of free “stuff” or notifications of products that “fit my profile” ;o) I started calling by this blog a fair while ago, and keep comming back to keep up on whats new, and im glad to say that its been a pleasure to watch it grow.. even from an anonymous vantage point… so until your decision( and well after ).. keep up the good work and stuff! Thought your Sorry post was outstanding.. but “outstanding” wasnt worth posting.. so here it is now… a little delayed, and before i have to accept responsibility for posting it.

  15. I'm not sure if this blog supports it, but it's not beyond the realms of possibility for someone to add one of those “type in the numbers you see in the picture” thingies that you often get when you register for sites (e.g. hotmail lol).In fact I'm certain you could do it. Unfortunately, it then raises an important accessibility issue which is something I know you're looking at improving (although to be fair there's not a huge amount necessary on this site to make it nicely screen-reader friendly at a glance!).

    Maybe you could offer this system and a registration system in parallel to provide a couple of ways of allowing people to post comments? I'm sure someone with more time and savvy of this blog could do some homework for you if you haven't the time yourself…

    /al from djstalkerdotcom :o)

  16. If you don't like the “type in the word from the picture” thingy (known as a CAPTCHA in the blog business), you could have a simple question/answer thing with questions with blindingly obvious (to people) answers: “What is the capital of France?”, “What colour is an orange?”, “what liquid do fish swim in?” and so on…

  17. I have to say that since signing up my spam hasn't increased in the slightest. I think I got one confirmation email, no more.

  18. There are times when I'd rarther post anonomously, when I am expressing my feelings or disclosing somthing personal. However I allways post as if it can be traced back to me anyway.

  19. Can I suggest that you ask if anyone would like to be volounteer Mods… not that we'd be issued with lambrettas and listen to teh jam…. I mean a few of your regular readers could be given 'spam deleting powers' if we are reading them anyway then it's not going to be much more trouble… and save you the hassle so you can write more.I'm sure there'd be plenty of volounteers…

    I really hate registering for things as well

  20. The problem with “type in the number” is that it is not *yet* a function in Blogware. Perhaps Blogware can put it in there software as a step to fight of blogspam.

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