When I started this blog, I made several decisions about comment settings.
One was to allow anonymous comments. I realize some people might be shy about asking questions using their own names, and I’m fine with that. I also realize some people might wish to anonymously tell me I’m an asshat, and I’m fine with that, too.
The second decision was not to make blog commenters jump through the hoop of entering a word verification. These annoy the holy living crap out of me on other blogs, and at least three dozen times I’ve lost comments by navigating away before realizing I’m supposed to type ZUFfUgaG in the little box.
While I’m still committed to those two decisions, my spam comments have been increasing steadily each month. Blogger catches most of them before they ever appear in the comments section, but I still get email messages alerting me about each one.
The spam comments usually target older posts, with charming messages like these:
Willkommen und Hallo im Sexcommunity.
Hello. And Bye. fr33 pr0n this is it!
I removed the hyperlinks from those, so don’t go trying to click through for fr33 pr0n or the Sexcommunity.
One recent comment gave me pause:
Received a great trip and also a excellent encounter simply by reading the blog.
For the briefest moment, I tried to remember if I’d given away any free trips or excellent encounters on this blog. If I did, they clearly weren’t as excellent for me as they were for the commenter.
Then there are the comments in foreign languages. Blogger usually nabs those before they post, but sometimes I’ll be curious enough to plug one into a Babelfish translator.
Take this one for example:
According to Babelfish, this is the rough translation from Japanese to English:
It can sneak away from boring every day the chance which here! Various opposite sex being, being able to encounter securely from the [ru] you are not wrong! It is the [tsu] [te] rumor which also the show biz celebrity has registered in
I hope that clears things up for you.
What are your thoughts on the issue of anonymous blog comments and word verification? If you have a blog of your own, what settings do you use? Are you inundated with charming blog spam like those? Please share.
And make sure to share all your good fr33 pr0n links while you’re at it.