Friday, August 29, 2014

Love Comments...Annoyed by Spammers...and HATE Captcha's!

If you have a blog then you know the quandary about whether or not to use the Captcha, or require approving every single comment before it goes live, or requiring every commenter to be signed in to certain networks to leave a comment.  It is not an each decision.  You want to let everyone who reads your blog, to be able to share their thoughts without a hassle.  If your readers have to jump through a bunch of hoops, they may in the end, decide it's just not worth it and keep their thoughts to themselves.  And that is not what blogging is about.  I want to hear your thoughts, even when they are in opposition to my own.

Personally I H-A-T-E when I am trying to leave a comment on someones blog and have to enter the Captcha phrase.  If I'm using my phone, it is so small that I can't hardly see it to begin with, and then my auto-text tries to 'fix' the jumble of letters in a captcha for me.  It never fails that I will get one with the letter 'L' but its in the lower case so I wonder is that and 'l' or and 'I'?  I almost always get it wrong.  And then sometimes that causes my comment to disappear so if I didn't have the forethought of copying it before entering the captcha then its gone.  Grrrr!

So on this blog I don't use the Captcha, but I do require that I approve each and every comment before it goes live.  I do this, which is a total pain in my rear, because it stops the spammers.  Those spammers are awful.  I get at least a few a day!  Their goal is to make a nonsensical statement in hopes that it appears like they have really read the post (so they don't look like spammers), then they include a link to something they are selling or maybe even a link to a page where the unsuspecting clicker will pick up a nasty computer virus.

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It is obvious they haven't read the post.  Most of them look like they were really trying to appear like they did read it.  Many others look like they used Google Translate to put their statement into English, but it ends up about as clear as the instruction manuals that come with the stuff my husband buys at Harbor Freight (where nothing in the store came from within the US borders).

Here are a few examples that I received just yesterday -for your entertainment.  Notice the title of my post they are commenting on, and how their comment doesn't even come close to matching the post.  (NOTE: I have altered their links so they are not click-able and would take you nowhere, but wanted to show them.  Also, I have NOT edited their comments at all...this is exactly how they came.).

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I can't believe that any of these tactics have ever worked for the spammers...but it must or they would stop doing it, right?  So now you see why pre-approving every comment is necessary.  These are all anonymous, but I even get these using fictitious accounts as well.  I want you to be able to share your thoughts without the need to be signed in to this or that.  I don't even mind if you want to remain anonymous, as long as your comment is a true comment related to the subject at hand, and doesn't include a link to something other than your REAL Blog or Website (that isn't selling something).

This is a place to come and share with me and my other readers, not a place to pedal your wares, or try to infect my readers with virus's.  So please understand that the fact that your comment has to be moderated before it goes live is not a reflection on you, it's to protect you and my other readers.

Ok, now lets have YOUR comment...

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