Friday, April 10, 2009

Comment Policy to Avoid Disguised Spammers

We have recently been receiving comments with words to the effect that the person has been reading this blog for some time, likes the blog and thought s/he would leave a comment but doesn't know what to say and promising to continue reading the blog. At first I thought these were legitimate comments, but when you start to get dozens of them saying the same thing (sometimes with the same words) with links to websites that have nothing to do with the subjects covered in this blog and are selling products that have nothing to do with this blog, you begins to wonder.

So here is our policy: Comments with language resembling the above, accompanied by a url to a website that has nothing to do with what we discuss here will not be published. I realize that by some odd coincidence we might exclude legitimate comments from people that are just so awestruck that they are at a loss for words when it comes to making a specific comment, but I also don't want this blog used for spamming/advertising, especially when the products are unrelated to the blog.

You can avoid having your comment scooped up in this net by (1) responding to at least one post on this blog (preferably the one you're commenting on) with a reaction, opinion on the topic discussed and/or (2) including urls that are only either personal or organization websites with material related to the material on this blog.



At Tuesday, April 21, 2009 10:02:00 PM, Anonymous Chas S. Clifton said...

On Blogger, it helps if you set your "Comments" setting to require moderation of all comments older than a certain interval. I use seven days.

I am not sure if these comments are mindless promulgated by computers or written by in some "boiler room," but they are just another form of spam.

Because they depend on keyword searches (I think), they are more likely to show up on older posts than on the one that you just wrote.

At Tuesday, April 21, 2009 10:56:00 PM, Blogger Medusa said...

Thanks for the tip, Charles.


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