Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Blog Spam overload.



Unfortunately, Blogger seems to be experiencing a deluge of spam lately. My posts have been flooded with spam comments about everything from Viagra to Hamster Porn, (Do you know how much self control it took not to click that link?)

I know that a lot of bloggers have been experiencing this issue and it is becoming a real problem for many of us. Some bloggers have switched off the "Anonymous" option on their post, but I love the occasional anon calling me fat or a bitch, or if they are very literate, A fat bitch (Not every anon can string a sentence together like that, it takes time and energy, you go Anon, you rock) I also encourage Anonymous comments on certain posts where it would be embarrassing for some people to leave their name. For me, removing the anonymous option isn't a choice.

I LOVE getting comments on my blog posts, I don't care how many hits I get per day, I love the interaction with people who read my posts, and a lot of time the comments are funnier than my original posts. (Don't all rush at once to tell me any different)

So what I am asking today is, IF I turned on CAPTCHA, where you have to put in a code, would that put you off of commenting? Or would you prefer it if I moderated my comments instead?


I would love to hear your thoughts on this matter.


Let me know.

Big Fashionista x x
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31 comments

  1. Captcha is really annoying! They seem to make them harder and harder and it gets on my nerves!! I try twice, if more than that I cant be bothered and I dont comment...sorry but its true.

    Maybe install Disqus on your blog - its easy to comment but you wont get spam?!

    http://www.allthatslap.com/

    x

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    1. Disqus makes me weep. I don't know why, it just hates me. It eats my comments every time

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    2. being truthful, there are about three blogs that I'll battle through captcha to comment on and I hate it every time. It's a HUGE turn off for me and many others.

      I have to agree about installing Disqus. It's really easy and you can have multiple sign in/guest options. I can count the spam comments per month on one hand on my blog because they have Akismet embedded in it. They've also got a mobile version live now so that people reading on tablets and phones can comment.

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  2. i think it would make sense - a lot of forms require it. go 4 it

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    1. Thanks Colin, I might just put it on for a little while to see how it goes.

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  3. I don't mind if you put captcha, it's only a few seconds and it saves you time moderating all the crap!! xxx

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  4. I don't mind CAPTCHA if it makes life easier for you to keep up the good work. However, I may have to invest in some Larry Grayson style reading glasses thingies to go around my neck so I can read them :-)

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    1. Can I then tell you to "Shut that door" ? ;-)

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    2. Just don't bring up Everard...

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  5. I fucking HATE captcha. Being blatantly honest I try to comment on blogs I read, because it is annoying to get no comments on a post - if I'm just going to leave something like "nice job, well done" or whatever, and I can't read the captcha, I don't bother leaving the comment. But if it's something I really want to comment on, it's not going to put me off hugely. I enabled comment moderation on mine but tbh it's a pain in the arse having to approve comments, so I don't know what to do.

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    1. That is a fair point. I hate CAPTCHA personally but so much spam is getting through right now.

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  7. I've been getting a lot of spam lately too and it's been driving me cuckoo. I personally can't stand CAPTCHA and I have a feeling that if Google doesn't sort out it's spam filter, i'm installing Dicqus

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  8. maybe because i dont get that much spam i dont understand when people "go crazy" about spam because I just press delete...

    But captcha is one of those things - i can never see it and i am not that bright so i usually get it wrong the first time and then i give up and twas a comment that will never be and y'all miss out on my POV...

    no but seriously - most people try once but not twice on captcha so that is something to bear in mind.

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  9. PS cant stand Disqus more than captcha though!

    Dont know why can not explain it - just do.

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  10. Some people are complete captcha nazis. Swear I see it all the time ''if you want people to comment on your blog turn off captcha'' especially during certain chats....
    I ask you this how freaking hard is it to pop a code in ffs, I do it all the time! If I want to leave a comment I'll leave a comment regardless of whether a code is needed or not. However if it takes me more than one go I'll probably head off... so I guess it's a two sided coin. Me though? I don't mind it. I don't have captcha though, never did.
    Just to sum up if I see any more spam about a fucking pocket pussy I'll actually crack up......

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    1. That's not spam. That's my sideline.

      LOL. Kidding.

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  11. Come to the dark (Wordpress) side! We have great spam filters and sweeties*.

    Seriously though, go for captcha (I was going to suggest Disqus but just spotted that you don't get on with it). I agree with The Agoraphobic Fashionista, it's not the worst thing in the world. Send those that throw a tantrum my way, and I'll give them their First World Problem membership badge.

    *There are no sweeties. All the sweeties are in my belly.

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  12. I hate Captcha, I hate it with a passion. Unfortunately I also hate moderating comments, I'm constantly convinced I'm going to accidentaqlly click on "delete all" and delete the good as well as the bad. I've chosen the moderating old posts route myself, which is a sort of unhappy medium, but I wouldn't blame anybody who decided to use Captcha, and if you did I would still comment.
    I'm sometines tempted to allow certain spam messages through, and then reply to them. I've got eyelash detonation spam sitting in my moderation folder right now and I'm finding it very tempting.....

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    1. Eyelash detonation?

      Damn, this is why I get so much spam, I NEED TO KNOW.

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  13. I can never bloody read them and if it has one I just skip commenting!

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  14. Captcha would be OK if it were simple - some sites just have a four-digit code - but Blogger captchas be CRAY!

    Can't you just let the spammers corn beef you and then when you read your comments (which you obviously do), just delete them! x

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  18. No Captcha - work of the devil. If you enjoy reading the comments moderation can't be so tough, surely?

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  19. Turn off! It mings. I turned mine off cause of so many complaints about it!

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  20. I genuinely don't see what the problem is with CAPTCHAS. Yeah, some of them are unreadable but I just hit the refresh button until I get one that is and plug it in. I can't see why so many people object to them so much when they don't really take any extra time or effort at all!
    Also genuinely can't tell if the two anonymous comments above are spoof jokes or genuine spam-either way I'm kind of amused.
    I'd go for whichever option is easiest for you really, but if you hate CAPTCHAS yourself then perhaps you shouldn't "inflict" them on your readers?

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  21. Just a heads up, captchas are almost impossible for people with visual impairment or dyslexia.

    I have quite bad visual impairment and nowadays "read" blogs online by a screen reader software which reads articles out loud to me. I can't comment on any blogs which use captchas type security. Even though some have a sound file version it doesn't ever work with my software.

    Just worth considering....

    L xxx

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Due to increased spam comments I am now having to moderate the comments I receive. I will do my best to get them approved quickly so please, carry on commenting as every time you comment a kitten smiles.

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