Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Comments and Spammers - I think it worked!

Thank you everyone for helping me test out the comments sections.  I had about 60 comments from you guys and not a SINGLE spam comment!!  Nothing got posted and nothing even got blocked by blogger...it just didn't make it to me!

That's amazing!  I was getting about 200 spam comments a day!


So for inquiring minds, the only setting I changed was commenters now have to be Registered User.  So this eliminates all Anonymous comments.  What this means for you:  you have to sign in to leave a comment.  A good number of you are already signed in if you have a google account or are coming through google reader.  Others simply need to sign in much the same way that I think I have to sign in when I leave a comment on a word press blog.

For the record,  this has NOT eliminated no reply commenters.  You may be just thrilled being a no reply commenter.  It doesn't bother me...I tend not to reply if you are a no reply commenter because I feel that you don't want me to bother you.  But if you DO want to get a response from me (I reply to everyone who leaves a comment) then include that email.


So hopefully this continues to be a good solution here and I don't have to turn on the dreaded word verification.  Those make my eyes hurt. lol  So I don't want to do that here.

Thanks again!



20 comments:

  1. Thanks for the details I think I'll set mine up like that so I can turn off word verification. I am glad it worked for you.

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  2. Thanks for letting us know what worked without using the dreaded word verification! I recently turned that feature on for my tiny little blog because I started getting about 5-10 spam comments a day. I get so excited when I get a comment and finding out they're spam is a real bummer. What's with these stupid spammers anyways ... does ANYONE even go to their site?

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  3. Thanks for working to find an alternative to that word verification...it's my current pet peeve! ;) I bet if they made it an app for guessing letters and numbers, no one would install it...it's no fun!

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  4. That's great. No reply commenters drive me crazy because they frequently ask me a question! One thing I did to make it easy on myself to leave comments on wordpress and typepad, I created accounts there. Easy and no commitment to having a blog there.

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  5. Yay! And thanks for letting us know :) Love your blog!

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  6. I have my blog setting the same - and have had it for at least a year. Has worked very well for me! In the last month or so I have been getting one or two annoying comments that are basically spam ads. But not enough to make people deal with the word verification. I hate doing them, myself!

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  7. oh that's good to know, I'm going to try this on my blog. The spam is driving me crazy but I dislike word verification so much I don't turn it on. Thanks for the tip Angela!

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  8. I must also check this out as I've been getting a lot of spam comments and wondering how to address it. Sounds like a good way to avoid the codes. I hate those things!

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  9. 200?! Holy cow!! Glad you got it taken care of.

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  10. Ok, so this is the third blog on which I've seen the phrase "no reply commenter" and I'm new enough to blogging and the blog universe that I don't know how to know if I am or if I am not. So, if I am, would you reply here in the comments to let me know. If someone else reads this and is willing to enlighten me regarding how you know these things, I would really appreciate it. Thanks!

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    1. Kimberly you are indeed a no reply blogger. Here's a tutorial for a quick fix that looks easy enough. But just google it if this doesn't work.
      http://www.pbjstories.com/2012/02/dreaded-noreply-commentbloggercom-easy.html

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  11. This is the only thing that worked for me too. I do have comments on moderation but when I got about 250 spam comments in the space of a couple of hours, that was enough for me. For the record, during the 2 months or so that I experimented with allowing anonymous users to comment, I didn't get a single legitimate comment from an unregistered user.

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  13. Thanks for sharing. I turned off word verification a week ago and it's been a mess. I made the same changes you did this morning and so far so good

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  14. I don't get much spam, but can imagine that 200 pieces of it would do me in. Hope this new idea is successful.

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  15. I'm glad this worked for you - I hate the dreaded word verification with a fiery passion, but that kind of spam is insane! One brief note about no reply commenters - if the person doesn't use a Google account to leave the message, it will automatically be no reply. Most WordPress, TypePad or other bloggers don't use Google accounts to leave messages because it won't allow them to list non-Blogger blogs in the account. We usually provide some way of contacting us in an obvious place on our blogs.

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  16. Thanks for sharing this, Angela. I'm going to make this change on my blog right now!

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  17. I just re-started word verification...heading over to change it to registered users thanks a million~

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