Thursday, July 27, 2006

uvama, mevama

A comment spammer hit this site several times last Wednesday. At first I was excited by the increase in the number of comments that day. Then I read them. They were easy to identify as spam messages. Each was two words followed by an exclamation point and a link to a URL I dared not click. The messages were "Great work!" and "Good design!" and "Nice site!" The URLs looked like a string of gibberish. As a result, I turned on the "word verification option" a week ago.

A couple of people have asked me about it and by a couple of people, I mean my wife and daughter. Most of the other blogs I read require some kind of verification in order to post a comment. I hope it doesn't deter you from sharing your thoughts on my thoughts. When you do post a comment, I would prefer that you choose an identity and not post anonymously. Go ahead and make up a fake name if you'd rather. It shows more creativity than being "anonymous."

Once in a while I'll need to do some comment maintenance. I've deleted one or two comments with profanity, usually from here or here. I'll also delete a duplicate comment if someone accidentally posts the same thing twice. Even when I'm logged in as the blog administrator, the software asks me for "word verification." Today I couldn't be sure if it was asking me for a word or insulting my writing:

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Blogger Heather said...

I'm Dyslexic. So sometimes the word verification confuses me a little. Depends on what kind of day I have had. The combos always look like a word to me. Or I decide really scribbled looking letters must be a different letter.

Blogger Frank Strovel III said...

I had the same problem recently and had to go back to word verification.

Heather, a tip: if the letter combo for verification doesn't make sense to you (it doesn't to me sometimes and I'm not dyslexic), simply type any letter combo and and hit "Publish". It'll give you a different set of letters that you can better decipher. Sometimes the "v"'s and "w"'s run together and I can't tell them apart.

Anonymous Pam Mc said...

I think in this day and time you have to have some kind of way to deter the spammers. It doesn't bother me a bit Frank, I'll keep reading and commenting.

Blogger Heather said...

Oh i don't have a problem with using a security feature I think its a good thing. I just feel a bit challenged sometimes when verfying myself. For instance this took me 2xs. I just feel a little silly


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