Sunday, January 22, 2006

WordPress, Blogger comment moderation

WordPress, Blogger
comment moderation



Two of the most important issues for me as a blogging, right now, are (1) Spam/Abuse Comment Prevention...and (2) Post Archive Categories as Sidebar Text Links.

Bless both WordPress and Blogger (though they were a bit sluggish) for providing blog operators with a sure defense against comment spam.

Almost all blog software offers captchas (captcha = completely automated program telling computers and humans apart), also called Word Verification or Optical Character Recognition, which wards off most or all spambots (automatic programs that surf the web, looking for vulnerable sites to post spam on), but the visually impaired (blind) are also unable to pass this Turing test.

Would-be comment posters must type in a series of numbers or letters as displayed in a box with an obfuscating, camouflaging background. If you make a mistake, a new box with appear, and usually your comment is intact also.

COMMENTING TIP:

Always copy your comment text BEFORE submitting for publication, PRIOR TO clicking "Say It" or "Post Comment" function. Why? If you wrote a lengthy, impassioned, and well composed response, it would be a shame to lose it all. And you will lose it forever, if something goes wrong in your posting of it. Or if it's moderated, and the blogger decides not to publish it.

I no have zero (0) comment spam appearing in my blogs.

Comment Moderation with Delayed Posting: readers activate form for typing in their remarks, but their comments are not automatically posted on your blog, under whatever post they wish to add their input to.

The comments are emailed to you, then you can Reject or Publish. With some blogging software, you can also ban their IP and do other system or network hardening to deflect their very entry in the first place.



(1)
WordPress
Comment Moderation
message:




ABIGALE


Comment:

hello everyone



You can see all comments on this post here: [URL]

To delete this comment, visit: [URL]

New comment on your post #5 "Welcome to WordPress dot com"

Author : ABIGALE (IP: 220.166.202.239)

E-mail : mailto: [email address]

URI : http://www.yahoo.com

Whois : 220.166.202.239

Comment:

hello everyone

wopd



You can see all comments on this post here:

[URL]



To delete this comment, visit: [URL]



What you see quoted above is an email message from WordPress about a comment attempting to be posted to my blog "electrica".

Next, the Blogger version of the same methodology.


(2)
Blogger
Comment Moderation
message




News Electronics Lover [HTML deleted]

Mon Jan 23 2006_11:03 AM">11:03 am (1½ hours ago)

News Electronics Lover has left a new comment on your post "Best book on blogs now in bookstores":

Hi Dude,

I don\'t go to electronics online stores to get reviews on consumer report electronics i think they are not that fair, i visit blogs like yours to get customers reviews. I like it better. I think it is less deformated

Also i go to consumer report electronics ..good mine of fresh electronics products info.

ciao,
alaine


Publish this comment.

Reject this comment.

Moderate comments for this blog.


Posted by News Electronics Lover to Vaspers the Grate at 1/23/2006 10:54:54 AM \n",0] ); //--> News Electronics Lover has left a new comment on your post "Best book on blogs now in bookstores":


Hi Dude,

I don't go to electronics online stores to get reviews on consumer report electronics i think they are not that fair, i visit blogs like yours to get customers reviews. I like it better. I think it is less deformated

Also i go to consumer electronics bargains [embedded URL deleted] ..good mine of fresh electronics products info.

ciao,
alaine

Publish this comment.

Reject this comment.

Moderate comments for this blog.

Posted by News Electronics Lover to Vaspers the Grate at 1/23/2006 10:54:54 AM



Notice how the spam comment from News Electronics Lover is irrelevant, has no connection to, my post topic.

Notice how spam comments almost always have an embedded URL, a hot link, to entice readers to visit a dubious or dangerous web site.

Marching Orders: If your blog software has it, activate Word Verification, Email Comment Notification, and Comment Moderation with Delayed Posting.

Some readers will balk, and not like these "annoyances", but have they ever spent 4 hours manually hunting for, and deleting, spam comments from a blog?



[signed] steven streight aka vaspers the grate
:^)

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