Saturday, 5 January 2013

Dealing with spam comments on Blogger


Getting comments from readers is always good fun. Well, real readers that is. That lowest form of bottom feeders, spammers, in their pathetic attempts to get whatever worthless crap they’re peddling out there, have gleefully embraced the idea of spamming blogs. 
 
A commenter suggested to me to get rid of the Captcha feature on comments. She said that since I screen comments anyway, why have Captcha? Which made sense. I have to say that they have gotten to the point of being completely stupid now. Perhaps a computer can’t read them - but neither can a human! I don’t know about you, but after three failed attempts to decipher the modern art in a Captcha, I give up. So for word verification I clicked “No”.

I had it set up so anyone could comment, but I kept the moderation feature so it would have to go through me first.

But before long I kept getting anonymous comments along the lines of
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or

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or

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or

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or


“Look advanced to far delivered agreeable from you! Taking a look ahead to look you.
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Who writes this gratingly insincere gibberish? Borat? Maddening. And it kept increasing.

Then in the settings I clicked the "Registered Users" button.

No word verification, I moderated the comments, and only registered users can comment.

And the bullshit spammers and their gratingly insincere bullshit have stopped.

If you’re a Blogger user, you might want to try that. No redonkulous Captcha, no more Hamid the penis enlargement pill peddler.

2 comments:

  1. If you talk to Hamid again...tell him I still haven't received my shipment.

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    1. You too?! It seemed like such a good deal!

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