January 30, 2013

Housekeeping: Circumventing spam (or at least trying to)

As you might remember, I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was having some issues with spam comments. The spam comments have actually been quite complimentary on the whole—stuff like:

"You're so awesome! I do not suppose I have read through a single thing like this before. So good to find someone with original thoughts on this subject. Really.. thank you for starting this up. This website is one thing that's needed on the internet, someone with a
bit of originality!"
But then—bam—
"Review my blog post ... learn currency trading online." (Link removed because I don't want to support spammy shenanigans.)
Totally flattering, right? Until you get to the whole random link that has nothing to do with anything I'm remotely interested in reading part.

Unfortunately, the issues haven't ceased. And though I'm not really that put out by deleting them—Blogger's filters do do *hee* a good job of catching most of them—it's just. Plain. Annoying.

And so, I am trying something new.

If you look below, *waits for you to scroll down* you'll notice that I've changed up my commenting system. I'm trying out Disqus, on the recommendations of Kristen of my life as a teacup and Marisa of A Parallel of Latitude. (Thank you, ladies!) I've used Disqus to comment on Kristen's blog and I like how interactive the whole thing is. I don't know if you've noticed, but I do try to respond to every comment y'all leave. With this new system, you'll be notified of my responses via email (I think).

And because I want this blog to be fun for everyone, if you hate the new system, let me know? Might take a bit to get used to, but it'll (hopefully) help save what little is left of my sanity.

17 comments:

  1. Ha! Saw the headline and was just going to swing by here to recommend Disqus, and you've already got it up and running. You're so on top of things!

    Disqus is great for lazy asshats like myself. Logging in to leave a comment? No thanks. Having to check back manually to see if anyone responded? DO NOT WANT. So, I feel I owe you a big thank you for making it easier on me. This is a great day for C&CC.

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  2. Boom, I think it and you do it.


    Seriously, yesterday I was (for no apparent reason) thinking that I wished you used Disqus, or at that blogger comments somehow notified me when someone responds to my comments. I am personally a big fan of Disqus and I've seen starting to be used EVERYWHERE.


    Welcome to everywhere, Chief.

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  3. Haha, I've only had a few weird spam posts, but they do put quite a damper - and by damper I mean I usually fly up in a rage, ranting about spam - on otherwise lovely comments. ShezCrafti brought up some great points about Disqus from the commenting side of things. Too many times I'm asked to log-in with this service or that, then I can't see if the original author responds, but Disqus is just the right amount of notification to everyone.

    You'll have to let us know how you like it after a bit :D Hope it helps with the spam!

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  4. You mean you DON'T want to learn currency trading online?! Never woulda guessed! ;) I love Disqus. When I added it to my blog, my only regret was not adding it sooner.

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  5. How annoying. I know a few bloggers who use discus, but I have never received an email notification for any replies. I'm feeling I'm missing something important?

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  6. Your email program might have flagged Disqus notifications as spam, so check your filter. That happened to me once. A week went by where I didn't think anyone was commenting on my blog only to find out I had missed a whole backlog of good conversations. You should also log into your Disqus account and check to see how your notification preferences are set up.

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  7. oooh... seriously?? I love writing long replies to your comments - darn it if you don't get them!! that's rubbish! hmmm... might have to think about that...

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  8. Ooh! Disquis! I've used it before, but I haven't ever implemented it on my blogs. I used WordPress and the spam filter on it is excellent. I get a lot of those comment but they get sent straight to the spam filter. It's so nice.

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  9. I'm really liking it so far. And the ease of creating conversation was a huge selling point for me. :)

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  10. Haha, thank you. I was probably getting the vibes you were sending my way.

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  11. Thank you for letting me ask you all about it!

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  12. Haha! Actually, I already know all about currency trading online. They obviously know nothing about me. (Kidding.)

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  13. Oh noes! Definitely check your settings.

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  14. The Blogger spam filter is pretty good, but it was just driving me nuts. (But I can be easily annoyed by certain things.)

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