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Quick Note About Comments

The last few months we’ve been getting a LOT more spam comments. It is not a big deal, of course, except for one aspect of it all. When we were getting like 1,500 spam comments a day, I’d basically be able to wade through the spam filter to pick out any good comments that were accidentally caught in the spam filter (as it would be 1,500 a day, so I’d be able to check in at different times of the day where only 400 or so comments would be in the filter at any given moment). However, we’re up to something like 30,000 spam comments a day, and I just can’t wade through them all to see if good comments have accidentally been caught in the filter. So if you think your comment was accidentally caught by the spam filter, please let me know by dropping me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com

Note that I also routinely moderate comments, as well, if they contain suggestions for future columns, so that they remain a surprise when the column comes out. Those comments, though, should hopefully say something on your screen like “Your comment is being moderated” or something like that. I think that maybe if you don’t include an e-mail address when you post your comment, it doesn’t track your comment so it might look like your comment has just been deleted. Just note that unless you said something REALLY messed up, we’re not going to delete your comment. Looking through our trash folder, of the last 50 or so deleted comments, 46 of them were just duplicate posts and stuff like that.

While I’m talking about comments, I might as well give a quick refresher on the codes we use in the comments.

To bold something, use the following code around the words you want to bold…

To italicize something, use the following code around the words you want to italicize…

To quote something, use the following code around the words you want to quote…

I think that about does it for blog housecleaning.

18 Comments

This is the first time I’ve learned about how to italicize or bold on this blog…

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING

This is the first time I’ve learned about how to italicize or bold on this blog…

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING

I concur.

I’ve seen a huge increase in the spam on my blogs too. I figure the spammers have developed programs to post spam as comments automatically.

I really hate spam. And if YOU hate spam, visit http://www.spamfilterplus.com! It’s $5.99/month to rid you of all the spam you hate.

I once had one of my posts held for moderation. I assumed it was because I was using the word hate a couple times. Now I wonder if I was being confused for spam. It wouldn’t be the first time I was confused for a block of processed meat. I’m salty, too!

I really hate spam. And if YOU hate spam, visit http://www.spamfilterplus.com! It’s $5.99/month to rid you of all the spam you hate.

A spam for spam?

The website forum I moderate has seen a huge increase in spam lately too. It used to be a handful a week, but now it’s a handful a day. Hopefully, it doesn’t keep increasing at the same rate, because it’s just me and one other guy.

Charles J. Baserap

February 5, 2013 at 5:43 am

My own website at NerdtopiaCast.com started back in June and in the first few weeks, we were hit daily by dozens upon dozens, and then they mostly stopped, or at least got caught in the filter so they weren’t coming up as comments needing moderation. But then last month, out of nowhere, they came back with a vengeance and it’s a lot for laptops and tech stuff, with a relative few for home mortgages and stuff. We got a lot of false hope, thinking we were getting popular and people were commenting! lol

Wow, that number of spam comments is quite scary.

I once got a really nice and thoughtful comment on my blog that got caught into a spam filter.
Clearly, the spambot copied the text from somewhere else on the web and was just replicating these real words to hide its silly links. The problem was that the links were dead. The site didn’t exist anymore, but the spambot did. It was executing its script in a constant loop, echoing a real comment and advertising an expired site.

It reminded me of Ghost in the Shell and the whole concept of life in the internet. That spambot doesn’t serve a purpose anymore, but no one can stop it now – like a living dead it will copy itself from one end of the worldwide web to the other, and affect real people in real ways.

@Rob, spammers have been using programs to push comment spam for years. The first botnet-generated spam run I saw on one of my blogs was in 2004.

Finding a manually-posted spam comment these days is almost novel.

This is the first time I’ve learned about how to italicize or bold on this blog…

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING

All changed, changed utterly: A terrible beauty is born.

Will a “Captcha” system be far behind? A picture driven version having to identify a comic book cover would be cool.

Ach heh
I DON’T LIKE SPAM!!!!

Will a “Captcha” system be far behind?

Would be a good idea. For a comments thread like this as opposed to a forum or an image board it’s really no big deal and it’d save a lot of hassle spam-wise.

Look, ma, I’m QUOTING!

A re-Captcha system to transcribe old comics would be spiffy. Someone should get on that.

On the other hand, the whole reason I started commenting here is because all I have to do is plug in my name and email and just go. That extra layer of rigmarole might have kept me from commenting in the first place.

And no one would want that, right?

Right?

I’ll assume the noise that sounds like crickets is really you guys all applauding, but from around the world.

Travis – I totally agree with you! I *loathe* captchas, my eyesight isn’t great and the more recent versions are often incomprehensibl sing it – What don’t we want? CAPTCHAS!
Quite why fuckin’ ass-monkeys have to screw things up with their f*ckwittery I don’t know. Humans, eh? To quote Harold Shand “I shit ‘em!”. Heh. Rant ends. I hope those spam-f**kers don’t spoil the Great CSBG by making Brian’s job a pain and forcing changes. Ahem. Must. Control. Blood. Pressire. :-) Well done:-, Travis Pelkie, tho’. May CSBG a haven.

I wonder if Hormel hates the fact that unwanted crap messages are referred to as spam?

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