Thursday, 24 October 2013

I thought I'd won the battle.




I recently blocked all Anonymous comments on my page, as well as those of some half-wit Irish pixie and an abusive low-life from 'gawd knows where'.

But now I find that those who'd previously left 'comments' under the alias of 'Mr Anonymous' have now reverted to fictitious names that bypass the ban.

The above, which I received a couple of days ago, is a good example. Obviously not from someone called Jacob Jackson, it has managed to infiltrate my cautious 'comment' screening.

However, I shall not change my 'open forum' comment box; I like the freedom it offers, and I hate those horrid word/number puzzles. At the same time, I would like to stop these idiots getting through the net.

Any advice would be warmly welcomed, as are all comments from those who regularly leave kind, unkind, or intelligent words. (I REFUSE to offer space to idiots, far-right or far-left Druidic loonies, or loan sharks)

p.s. The above comment has, of course, now been removed.


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29 comments:

  1. It is a battle trying to keep a step ahead of these miserable spammers. I notice that many people have put in their settings that they review their comments before publishing. This might be the only way that the spammer's garbage does not get published. However, the blogger still has to see it and remove it.

    I will be checking back on your comments to see if someone has a solution to this problem.

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  2. Sorry to say I have no solution. Like you, I hate the word verification thing. Lately it has gotten even more of a puzzle with the numbers often faded. I delete the spam comments as well but I don't rush around to do it. I think most legitimate readers know about spamming, recognize it and dismiss it.

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  3. I quite like the nutters
    Having said this....people can I guess work out where I actually live....so on second thoughts...... Perhaps it's best to keep em away!

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  4. I have changed my settings to registered users only and it seems to have worked - no spam for months. Although it may have stopped some genuine anonymous comments - I can live with that.

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    1. That's what I did. But if the spammers become 'registered users', they get through!

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  5. I set it so if the post is older than two weeks then it needs my approval for any comments. Normal one I get is tree services Birmingham - does my head in! Do they think they'll get any business this way!

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  6. I think this is a problem most of us have at times. Unless blogger comes up with a better solution, we're all stuck with either moderating our comments or allowing spammers, flamers and nutjobs to run amok.

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    1. Hello Ms Goggins. I wanted to leave a comment on your 'pastor flogging' page, but I was too polite (I'm not usually polite).

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  7. I have had a recent one too. I also noticed they had a name and were therefore not anonymous. Like you I don't want to screen any other way, too much trouble. I'm just going to delete any unwanted comments and hope there are not too many of them.

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    1. I think that'll be my solution too.

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  8. I have set up my comments as you have. I allow anonymous comments from registered users and moderate comments on posts over two weeks old. I have been remarkably spam free for a few months now but just delete thoughs that get through.

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  9. I've had a few of these comments, but not many. What is bizarre about them are that they make no sense -- as if translated from some foreign language into English and then sent en mass. Like others I no longer accept 'anonymous' comments and I get approval after two weeks. Since it doesn't happen to me very often I'm not particularly bothered -- not nearly as much as those damn phone calls we keep getting asking us to do 'surveys' -- now they really bug me!

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  10. All you can do is block the user individually, then wait for them to change their name - like it sounds you have with Heron!

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    1. Yes. I don't really mind the rude, ignorant, Pagan bastard, but I can understand those who do.

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  11. Cro, when I set up my blog, I noticed a setting called "privacy" where you could opt for " Not listed on Blogger. Not visible to search engines". Not sure if it had any bearing, but in 5 years I have not been bothered with spam or any other rubbish like this.

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  12. I don't want to jinx myself but I haven't had any of this.....maybe they only go for people with lots of followers.

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  13. Luckily I don't fall into any of those categories you dislike so much Cro - I am pleased about that because I would miss your blog now, particularly when you put on a delicious recipe.

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  14. Well, i'm a mechanical idiot, but i usually don't say anything on things mechanical. I also thought of Heron, as he's the first Druid who popped into my mind.

    I'll have to check my settings; to date, i've not had spammers, but i also have fewer followers, AND i haven't had my blog for as long nor do i write something every day, so that might also help in some weird way.

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  15. Sounds like a real pain. I've been lucky so far. Fingers crossed like Delores

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  16. I got so frustrated and insulted by these idiots that I was forced to moderate.

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  17. I only get spam on old posts, and because I have opted for "moderation on posts over two weeks old" I get to delete them so they never get published.
    The odd thing is, because I have word verification (I know it's a pain but as I have it on my blog I accept it on other people's), these spammers have had to jump through the hoops in order to leave their idiotic comments. Which shows a fair degree of determination, but I fail to see how they can ever gain from it.
    The world is full of nutters and wierdos. It's the only explanation.

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  18. I like Jean and Kev's idea of vetting posts more than two weeks old. Most spammers only comment in my older posts, so that makes sense.
    Blogger's filter seemed to get particularly useless a while ago but they seemed to have upped their game recently, well for me anyway.

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    1. You're right, they usually pop up a couple of weeks later, but in this case above it was on the same day..... slightly worrying, although I'm not losing sleep over it.

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