Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Spam

I am getting something like fifty spam comments each day. There is the odd one that slips through, which I delete as soon as I am aware of it. I feel compelled to check the spam comments, as very, very occasionally a real comment will get marked as spam.

But I can't go on like that. I have two choices. Turn on word verification, which I hate, or not check the spam folder and there is a chance a real comment will be deleted.

Any other ideas?

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  1. I am suddenly getting 20 spam a day at my email. I have not clicked on any 'iffy' websites so I don't understand why.
    I do regularly get other blogger's comment spam because I have a comment in the thread that's getting spammed. Old blogsposts attract this for some reason. bloody Russians.
    I loathe word verification too and mine is Off.
    Sorry I don't have a solution for you. x x

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    1. Ann, what is the point of this Russian spam? Which of us can read Russian? About half of my blog spam is Russian.

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  2. Do you clear your spam regularly Andrew. Up until two days ago I didn't have any and I thought. Gee I'm lucky, so many people have probs etc. Then WHAM on Monday two slipped onto my blog comments...sacre bleu I thought , what the heck!! So I checked my spam catcher for the first time ever and there were over 300 spams, Crazy!! Anyway I deleted them all, and from now on I'll check more often, because someone said to me that perhaps when it fills up thats when they find their way onto the blog..what do you think ?? Whatever, I wish spammers would get a life for gawds sake!!

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    1. I clear mine twice a day now Grace. I don't think that is correct about spam comments. I think it is preset to a certain number and the older ones drop off once the limit has been reached.

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  3. The spam messages themselves are so stupid as to seem pointless, with some as pornographic as email spam. Telling me my spelling is poor is going a bit far, though.
    Of course, I don't get anywhere the number of visitors others do, so checking my spam folder takes little effort. Maybe using word verification for a short while would help. It certainly would not shut me up.

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    1. FC, I have made it now so you have to be 'logged on', to google/yahoo or open id, whatever that is.

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    2. Oh yes, and pleased you don't need a penis enlargement.

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  4. I had trouble with spam earlier on in the year and simply turned off the anonymous comments option and it all went away. Don't know if this is the right solution for you but its all i can suggest.

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    1. Windsmoke, that is what I have done just now. I'll see how it goes. Thanks.

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  5. Do what you like Darling, I'll lie back and think of England.

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    1. Victor, I do like acquiescent gay men.

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  6. I don't allow anonymous comments after getting one particularly lurid one, and I use the comment approval thing, or whatever it's called, option and I never get spam. Maybe I bore the spammers.

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    1. Rubye, I am sure you don't bore spammers. Comment approval is an interesting one. I don't like it but I do understand why people do it. A lurid comment? I don't think I have had one of them. You can tell me here. No one is reading now.

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  7. Yes, I too turned off anonymous commenting. Though wordpress is pretty efficient at sifting out the spam.

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    1. Fen, blogger is quite efficient at dealing with spam, but it is the amount I get that is the problem. No spam today, with not allowing Anon comments, instead of perhaps fifty.

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  8. The first time I checked my spam comments there were over 800, many of them repeats of each other. Like FruitCake, I also get comments telling me my spelling is wrong, possibly because I use English rather than American. I also get the ones telling me my posts would be much better if I added pictures (WTF?) and video, some telling me my other commenters must be brain damaged, many, many telling me my informative post is just what they were looking for and they've learned a lot. Oddly enough those are attached to my Whimsical Wednesdays. Hardly educational material. anyway, I go through them and delete all except the occasional true comment that gets in there by mistake. Now I delete them more often so they don't build up to the 800+ again. Any that find there way into the comments get deleted immediately I see them.

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  9. River, maybe you should do as I did and not allow anon comments. It seems to work to stop spam and it does not exclude your regulars.

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  10. I think I did that, because none of them show up on the blog, they all go straight to the spam folder.

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  11. No River, nearly all of my spam went to the spam folder, with the odd proper comment. I have had no spam at all since blocking anon comments.

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