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  • New Anti-Spam System (maybe)

    Posted by Jonathan on July 21st, 2007 (All posts by )

    I’ve activated it. If it works, spam comments will be blocked while comments flagged as possible spam will require commenters to perform a “copy the image” action to prove they aren’t spambots. This should be an improvement over the current system, which puts all suspicious-but-legitimate comments into the general spam queue where they are almost impossible for me to find. Please email me at the support address if you have problems. I need your feedback to determine if this system works as advertised, so please try to leave comments on this post and let me know if your comment either disappears or you get prompted to copy an image before your comment posts. Thanks.


    17 Responses to “New Anti-Spam System (maybe)”

    1. Jonathan Says:

      This is a test comment.

    2. Lexington Green Says:


    3. Lexington Green Says:

      Dude. It works.

    4. Jonathan Says:

      Unclear. I still can’t tell if the CAPTCHA (image verification) system works. But at least this system automatically whitelists commenters whose comments are rescued from the spam queue, so that nobody should have more than one comment erroneously flagged as spam.

      If this new system proves inadequate we can always go to a simple CAPTCHA system or, as a last resort, require commenters to register.

    5. Dan from Madison Says:

      test, does it work?

    6. Dan from Madison Says:

      That previous comment required Captcha for whatever reason and it was approved.

    7. Dan from Madison Says:

      But the last one did not. It must have learned. I have heard good things about askimet if you end up still struggling with this.

    8. Dan from Madison Says:

      I will try a swear word – shit.

    9. Dan from Madison Says:

      Interesting…it asked for captcha but let it through. Experiment over for now. Hope this helped.

    10. Jonathan Says:

      Thanks, Dan. Very helpful.

      BTW, Akismet is the system that we were using. It worked great for a long time, but recently the level of false positives became intolerable, and there is no way for a user to change the settings.

    11. Dan from Madison Says:

      No problem. This is one of the (few) advantages of having my blog on blogger – I have almost zero issues with spam, fwiw. Knock on wood.

    12. Jonathan Says:

      I think Google should offer a filtering service for blog comments. The cost might be that readers would see Google ads in valid comments. Given Google’s good record of handling spam in their email system, any anti-spam system they developed for blog comments would have a good shot at being popular.

    13. Dan from Madison Says:

      Yea, I don’t know what algorithms they use, but it works great.

    14. YogSothoth Says:

      a test comment

    15. Jonathan Says:

      Back to spam school, you!

      The system works better than I thought. Thanks for the help.

    16. ArtD0dger Says:

      test: Chicagoboyz has been eating comments lately…

    17. Jonathan Says:

      How about now? Anybody lose a comment in the past two days? If so, please let me know here or, if that doesn’t work, by email.