Word Verification

I’m afraid I’ve had to reactivate word verification.  I know it’s a pain, but I’ve been getting so many spam comments recently that I’m having to bring it back.  Sorry!  To give you a smile, I was amused by one of the spam comments I got today.  Usually they give a link to their website after a vaguely positive comment about ‘your site’.  This innovative spammer went with something a bit different…  They still had their link, but before that:

The very next time I read a blog, Hopefully it won’t disappoint me as much as this particular one. After all, I know it was my choice to read through, but I genuinely thought you’d have something interesting to talk about. All I hear is a bunch of moaning about something you could fix if you weren’t too busy searching for attention.

UPDATE: Well, I’ve had two spam comments in the not-very-long since I posted this, so apparently Word Verification doesn’t make any difference.  I’ve turned it back off for now.

15 thoughts on “Word Verification

  • June 19, 2012 at 1:35 pm
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    Too funny! I still have my word verification off (fingers crossed), but spam can be such a pain.

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    • June 22, 2012 at 5:32 pm
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      I know! It really is annoying. But somehow word verification doesn't make any difference.

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  • June 19, 2012 at 1:43 pm
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    Maybe I just don't have the traffic everyone else does. I have my blog set to moderate comments after 48 hours and no word verification. Once in a while some spam gets through to be moderated by me, lets' say three or four times a year, maybe a bit more.

    It does arrive in little batches, though.

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    • June 22, 2012 at 5:33 pm
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      I didn't get any for quite a while, so maybe I'm just in a batch at the moment!

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  • June 19, 2012 at 1:59 pm
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    Oh… this wasn't spam… I just couldn't keep my disappointment to myself any longer.
    You had to hear it, man.

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  • June 19, 2012 at 2:39 pm
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    I think in some blogs a new commenter is moderated and then approved, so that only veteran commenters can get in without giving the secret hand signal (based on email addy, I gather). Can that be done?

    Oh Mel, such a joker.

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    • June 19, 2012 at 2:43 pm
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      I don't think Blogger has enabled this – it seems to be a WordPress/Typepad function. Sigh…

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    • June 19, 2012 at 8:24 pm
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      Too bad that Blogger don't seem to have this. I use it on my WordPress blog, and it works like a charm. Good lucking in keeping the spam out.

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  • June 19, 2012 at 4:42 pm
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    I love that comment — hilarious! I use Tyoepad and no word verification — anyway, doesn't that just screen for robots? Though how they'd get onto your blog in the first place I can't begin to imagine. I get spam from time to time but I do have a facility for blocking that particular person. I think WordPress may be more subtle in its dealing with this kind of thing.

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    • June 22, 2012 at 5:33 pm
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      These things are robots, I think, Harriet. I haven't had angry spam comments from real life people yet, thankfully!

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  • June 20, 2012 at 9:52 am
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    There seemed to be a phase of negative spam comments on my own blog a while ago, all positive and then one day, lots of negativity. I wonder if they think it makes it look as if they actually read the blog, because having an opinion is natural as a human.

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  • June 20, 2012 at 6:52 pm
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    Isn't most blog spam hilarious? But I find Akismet (WordPress plugin) catches it all. Do you have that on Blogger? I also get ridiculous blatant scams to my blog e-mail address that I never get to my Gmail address.

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    • June 22, 2012 at 5:34 pm
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      Blogger does tend to identify the spam and not publish it, so that's good – but the comments still arrive in my inbox.

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