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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Robot Commentors

So, what's the 411 about comment settings on blogs? 

I always used to have the word verification, but I know that since Blogger changed it and made it more complex, some readers have a hard time deciphering it and just give up on trying to comment (and I know from reading some others' blogs that it IS a pain).  So, I removed the word verification.

And now?

All kinds of spam is filling my email via the comments section.  Sorry, "Anonymous," I have no need for prescription drugs or to contribute money to a disposed Nigerian prince.  It's annoying.

Because I open my email and I get all excited at first: "Ohhh!  25 new comments?!"  And then I discover that it's all just random characters cobbled together or an add for knock-off Louis Vitton purses.  Nerds!

Does anyone who doesn't use the word verification get this much spam?  A few of you, I note, use the comment moderator, is that better or more of a headache since you have to approve each comment?  Should I just accept the robot comments and be happy robots are even reading?

Let me know your thoughts as blog writers, and preferences as blog readers.  "Anonymous"?  You can just butt out of this discussion; take a little robot siesta.

12 comments:

fancy nancy said...

I don't have word verification and I get those spam comments too. The weird part is that they aren't actually comments on my blog...they just get emailed to me as comments. I went back onto my blog to delete them and they weren't there!

Nobel4Lit said...

Yeah, I have been getting a TON of those lately... luckily, they don't show up and I just get the e-mail. It's still annoying, though!

Megan said...

I blog on wordpress and I added a widget that filters out all of the spam comments. I have no idea if that's possible using blogger but I used to get 100 spam comments per day and now every single one gets filtered.

Agate Lake Girl said...

I hate the word verification now too. I wish Blogger would have left it the way it was. I guess I could try getting rid of it and see what happens. You're about the only person who regulalry comments on my blog so I aim to please! :)

TNTcoach Ken said...

It's all the interesting robot stuff you write about!!!!! Warning, warning Dr. Smith..........

Kathee said...

The word verification is crazy. I hate spam, why do people have to be so annoying?

Anonymous said...

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Erika . . . with a K said...

I hate word verification -- especially if I am on my iphone! Makes me not leave comments as often as I would like.

MCM Mama said...

I didn't get a huge amount of spam when I was on blogger without word verification, but I've been on wordpress for almost 6 months now...

I hate word verification. I'm apparently stupid or blind or both because I NEVER get it right without at least 3 tries.

runner26 said...

Annoying! I, too, get the same crap spam. I just ignore it and try to delete it.

I'll keep trying to comment on your posts, even if I have to deal with word verification ;)

Gunther Cox said...

I cant agree with you more. I have been working on an idea for comment verification where the user is shown a picture of a common object and they type what it is. I think that's a ton easier than trying to decipher the captchas.

James said...

word verification is a necessary evil to keep from getting all that crap. I'm sure I don't get as many comments with it on, but then again, I don't have many readers to begin with. I say leave it on, and not deal with the spam.