Monday, August 19, 2013

Solving spam and word verification in one fell swoop

A new device has appeared in the Highrise. I have no time to write a post. Here is one I prepared earlier.

I dislike word verification which as I recently noted Pants said, they are not words, just a jumble of letters and numbers, and I dislike receiving spam comments to my blog. In a time past I spent a lot of time dealing with spam, but I did not want to turn on word verification and make it difficult for people to comment. I may have lost a couple of commenters by doing what I suggest below, which is unfortunate, but it has made life so much easier.

What you do is select 'registered users only' for who is allowed to comment on your blog. Most people have an internet id and few would not be google registered. Go to the page where there is a list of your posts, drafts, published etc and on the left side of the page are all the setting options. Go to 'Settings' at the bottom, then 'Posts and Comments' and you will see where the option is to select 'Registered Users Only' next to 'Who Can Comment'.

It was with some trepidation that I changed the setting to this a good while ago, but no kittens died and the sky did not fall down. Best of all, I still get comments.

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  1. Yes, I did the same and, like you, I've lost (in fact most) commeners. Can't be helped. People often ask me why I don't get many comments. Well, that's my fault. I am too lazy to read many blogs and usually only comment on my commenters, so I've got nobody else to blame but me.

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    1. Really Bill? I am surprised to hear that. But yes, blogging is very much a reciprocal thing. Glad to receive the occasional comment from your good self.

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  2. I enlisted comment moderation on my blog, which seemed to reduce comments but stopped the spam. Actually, it might have been my blog itself that reduced the comments, but no spam is a winner all round.

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    1. Lad, it is not until you click publish that you learn that the comment will be moderated, so I am not so sure. It is not such a bad way to do it, but I like my blog to feel free and open.

      Now, I don't listen to music much, in fact it kind of annoys me. So don't expect a comment from me on your music posts, unless something pushes a button.

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  3. I also did as you've done with no noticeable repercussions. The only spam I get now is people with ids that link direct to their websites, or who have a valid id but put a link to their product in the comment. These can be easily dealt with as there aren't many. I do keep checking the spam comments as sometimes a perfectly valid comment will find its way in.

    I've just re-read this comment - my, my, what a didactic gem! But ... braindead at present so can't think of anything wittier!!

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    1. Red, yes one got through to mine as a legitimate comment. I carefully checked the credentials and they did not add up, so I removed it. Yes, sometimes I get a comment in spam, and it is usually spam. I don't thing a real comment has gone to spam.

      Didactic? I am old and tired. Don't you be accusing me of such practices.

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  4. I fixed the spam by going to my comments and clicking on each spam comment, then labelling it as spam, which removed the comments from the blog. after a week or so they stopped appearing and only showed up in the spam comments, now even that is empty. They gave up on me.

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  5. Interesting River. I used to do that but the spam never stopped.

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  6. I tell you what I loathe - when you go to comment... you write the comment, then you click publish and THEN it comes up with an extra word verification page. ughhhh. It's a small thing I know, but if I'm going to verify then I want to type the message, verify and press publish ONCE!

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    1. M, I have been caught by that too. You think you have left a comment but because you didn't notice the pop up verification, the comment does get through, and then in a state of paranoia, you think the blog owner has deleted your comment.

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  7. I just put my settings on "comment moderation after 5 posts" and that works as most of the spammers do their comments on older posts.
    I hate this word verification too, what a loss of time ! If the letters are too complicated I just don't comment.

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    1. Gattina, I had similar, moderated comments over a week old. It was rare that spam got through, but something like up to 30 spam comments arrived in the spam folder a day, which you have to check in case one is a proper comment.

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  8. I did that a long while ago, and it's worked well. Word verification gives me the rage at times.

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    1. Fen, word verification does seem to be bit easier now. Maybe it just me.

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  9. Andrew I do this as well and it has eliminated 99% of the spam on my blog.

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    1. Keith, pretty well 99.9% on mine. Checking spam comments was getting impossible, yet there was always the odd one every so often that was genuine, so I felt I had to check.

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  10. I had to do the same some time ago.

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    1. Diane, I noticed that and you politely inform your readers of it being there.

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  11. Touch wood I haven't had any spam escaping through for a while , it seems to happen in periods..I do hope I haven't just put a jinx on my run of 'spam free' luck :)

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    1. That is good Grace, as you get many comments and would be target.

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  12. My blog has never received many comments and you, Andrew, have been my most loyal and regular commenter. I think my postings are of a nature that don't invite much in the way of comment; not even spam.

    I would imagine my blog does not get many visitors but for the fact that the statistical doodah I installed has clicked into the hundreds of thousands suggesting that quite a few people at least stumble on my blog accidentally if nothing else.

    Now that I think of it, the incidence of spam comments to my blog has all but disappeared since I changed to a Mac Book. I wonder if that has anything to do with it?

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    1. Victor, I guess reviews of movies and plays etc don't get many comments, but I should think they would have a very large number of readers by people seeking out information. I suppose the stats figures are correct, but they suspiciously very high for mine too.

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  13. I've recently had the spammers pop up again, I deleted them this morning.

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    1. Oops, hope I didn't put the moz on you River.

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