Thursday, July 5

Listening to Ian and Rejoining Rantwick

When I started this blog, I didn't allow anonymous posts, but did not require posts be moderated. No word verification. It was simple and direct. Then, I slipped into the notion that word verification would keep spam away. It didn't. So I went to moderation without the irritating words. Well, Ian caused me to rethink and here is the new, new approach. Like Rantwick, I will allow comments without moderation and without captchas. Actually, I WILL moderate comments on any post over seven days old so spam can only slip in on new posts. I will manually delete spam posts, as I have done anyway so the comment list won't get filled with ads for beach cruisers or questionable pharmaceuticals. Well, some may appear - before I make them disappear. If real problems appear, I will see how to make them go away, but robot proof doesn't do anything as far as I can tell and moderating merely screens the spam differently than wiping it out shortly after it appears. I will also probably turn on the defenses if I'll be away from the blog for a while. I'd hate to be gone for a week only to have to delete a thousand spam comments. Stay tuned and we shall see how this Rantwickian approach works. Perhaps we Yanks can be as civil as our neighbors up in the great, frozen north...

6 comments:

Oldfool said...

I am watching with great interest.

Steve A said...

Oldfool, call it putting the KISS principle back into practice! At least that is the theory. We shall see what happens in practice...

Chandra said...

Like Richard (OF), I am curious as well. I am glad I got rid of the captcha though!

Paz :)

Ham said...

I let Google capture the spam, seems to be pretty good to me (catches about 10+ daily without my intervention). The comment listing on your control panel shows comments in order of posting no matter how old the post they are commenting on, so it doesn't ever get hidden.

cafiend said...

KISS: Keep It Slathered in Spam. Ar ar ar.

Michael said...

Lately, one some sites I've had to scroll through 3 or 4 captchas to find one I can actually read.

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