"" The Relentless Reader: Spam Stinks

March 12, 2013

Spam Stinks



Hey spammers?

You suck.


Every morning I wake up to dozens of new blog comments. Yay!

Sadly most of them are spam comments. Boo!

In an effort to cut down on the crud I've disabled the anonymous commenting feature.

If you normally use the anonymous feature but you'd like to continue commenting (I hope so!) please get yourself signed up with OpenID. (You probably already are and don't know it!)

I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


25 comments:

  1. I haven't had this problem yet but have been reading posts from other bloggers on this problem that seems to increasing. Thanks for sharing the OpenID information!
    Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

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    1. It's such a pain marking them all as spam and deleting the emails and blah blah blah. You're welcome!

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  2. I'm in the same boat--and it seemed to happen all of a sudden! Ugh!

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    1. Spam used to trickle in but it's been ridiculous lately! Ugh indeed.

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  3. I had to do the same thing. :-(

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    1. What a pain right? I debated between disabling anonymous comments and/or using captcha. I figured this would be less of a pain in the butt for everyone ;)

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  4. I have not experienced this problem, but them I have been using open ID for some time. Seems this is a good thing.

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    1. I think it must be a good thing :) I'm looking forward to a spam free blog!

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  5. I have my comments setting on Registered User (included open ID), which means I don't get spam. Cross my fingers!

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    1. Yes! That's what I set mine too now. You worded it much better than I did, lol.

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  6. YES! I just turned the captcha thing back on. Frowny face. I know everyone hates it!

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    1. I know, I know. But damn, right? Everyone hates spam too. I suppose captcha is the lesser of two evils?

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  7. It's sad that we have to take these steps, but it does drive you up the wall.

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  8. They certainly do suck. As if we would respond to their misspelled unintelligible messages! Most of mine get trapped in the spam filter. I have never allowed anonymous comments because of spammers but I won't resort go to moderation and I don't think WordPress offers captcha ... but I hate hate hate captcha almost as much as spammers, a pet peeve annoyance of mine when trying to comment. Phew. /rant!

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    1. LOL, rant away Leslie ;) I do enjoy how most spam comments start out so complimentary.

      "Your writing is fantastic, etc. etc." But then they share a link for chemical toilets or something, lol. Jerks.

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    2. I got spammed by the toilet sellers today! lol Guess it took them a few days to find me. Nine comments ... all caught by my spam filters ... for composting toilets. I usually despise spam but these made me burst out laughing.

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    3. Ha!! I knew they'd get you eventually!! That's hilarious ;)

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  9. I understand your problem, that is why I use the moderation function. I just don't want comments about gardening tools or weightloss sites on my blogs.
    Although I did take down the word verification, because that was also a pain and completely impossible to read. But with moderation I can also get rid of the spam before these comments appear on my blogs.
    Irritating problem, this.

    kind regards,

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    1. I don't understand how spam even works. Do people actually click on those links?? Doubtful! So why do they keep it up? Sigh..so annoying.

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  10. I hear ya. Spam sucks!

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  11. I used to have this problem a lot on my Blogger sites...and then I enabled comment moderation. That helped. On my WP sites, the filters are sometimes TOO good and I find legitimate comments in the spam folder...sigh.

    Good luck!

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    1. LOL, it's like you just can't win ;)

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  12. I sometimes have to go through spam, because it moves comments that's valid. I once found one a comment from someone who regularly comments in Spam 2 weeks after the fact.

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    1. Oh, I hadn't thought of that! Thanks for the tip, I'll make sure to check now and then!

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