The last two posts had spam comments, which I deleted. I don’t want to turn commenting off because I really like hearing from everyone, but I don’t want to risk scams and viruses either. (The first comment I deleted had a link that immediately started a download if you clicked it.) So now if you want to leave a comment, you’ll need to fill in one of those little alphanumeric boxes. I apologize for the extra work, but hopefully that will keep our comments entirely about pretty shiny things, and not about enhancing body parts that I suspect most of us don’t have.

5 Responses to Comments

  1. Carol H. March 16, 2008 at 11:35 am #

    Great idea, Lesli! How do you turn on the word verification? I got those spam posts on one of my blogs, also, and unwittingly clicked on one. I did report it to Blogger as spam.

  2. Lesli Kathman March 16, 2008 at 7:26 pm #

    If you go to the Dashboard and click on Settings, and then on the tab for Comments, it gives you all kinds of options. I picked using the code since it seemed like the one least likely to supress real comments while still catching the spam.

    Until I got the spam comments, it never occurred to me that it could happen here. (Though I swear spam is getting worse all the time.)

  3. ~Jenn Danza~ March 17, 2008 at 1:28 am #

    They hit my blog badly most recently. The same people were hitting me with spam. It was most annoying. It has stopped since I implemented the word verification option. 🙂

  4. Cynthia March 17, 2008 at 4:44 pm #

    It’s too bad you are on Blogspot as opposed to WordPress.

    WordPress has this tool called Akismet Spam and it has so far caught every single spam comment that has come in on my weight loss blog.

    It holds them, so they aren’t published, and I can review them to be sure it is spam. So far, so good, no false positives.

    Anyway, sorry you are getting hit with these. I haven’t had any body part ones get caught yet, just business ones with promotion links to products/services.

  5. Lesli Kathman March 17, 2008 at 10:08 pm #

    Blogger will apparently let you place the comments on moderation, where you view them before they are published. I didn’t want to do that unless I had to, so I’m glad to hear that the verification thing is working for Jenn. So far so good here!

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