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Comment Moderation and Spamming the Blog

31 Dec

Chums, I have contacted support about an ongoing issue on the blog which is spamming. I have asked a few people who feel there is an advantage for them in spamming the blog through comments left for our articles to stop, and have been recording their activities for use in further actions that can be unpleasant for them if I am forced to go that far to get them to stop spamming us. Traffic generation is usually the goal, but there are better ways to do this on blogs that have something to do with your products or services! So support has decided to moderate those comments that their software may determine is spam and I will have to approve them in this case. This software will not catch all spam attempts. But it will catch some of this unwanted activity, and if it continues to be a problem then I will go to the many resources available to me as a blog onwer to cause those doing this a lot of grief. It is a LOT of grief, and I don't especially want to go that route for someone who is misguidely trying to create traffic or affiliate links for income. Times are hard, and I don't want to kick an innocent (though ignorant) person in the teeth who might take some time to learn the do's and don'ts of traffic generation before they get into hot water… we'll see how it goes. I have all the basic information on them now that I need to do them some harm if they cotinue to spam us. If some of our Readers or Authors comments get caught up by the comment moderationn software we will have to live with the inconveinience for a while but all legititmate comments will be approved in the case that they get flaggged. Please don't think all comments are now subject to approval! Its only those flagged by the blog's sofware…

— David DeWitt

 
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  1. Anonymous

    January 1, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Thanks for the heads up, David. I have to say the spamming comments were a bit annoying.

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  2. Anonymous

    January 5, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    We can still get spammed at the moment but the no follow tag is in place for comments with urls. Enabling this feature will ensure that no track-backs, and/or no comments containing URLs, will be included in the Google ranking system. Our articles with URLS will continue to be ranked by Google…

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