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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Damnit.

Comments will now be moderated.

I hate spammers.

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I hate having to moderate comments as much as I hate what has been happening to my Broncos this year.

As for the comments, I believe they are actually conning people into making the comments. If I can prove my theory somehow, I’ll explain further, but I do think that the kings of the spammers have decided that the best way to spam doesn’t involve scripts.

I blocked a giant block of IP addresses today, though, too. We’ll see if that has any effect.

on Nov 21 2010 @ 05:17 PM

It’s no fun without comments. I’ve always thought of blogging--at least the way that I do it--as a very social activity. Without a conversation, there is no payoff to me at all.

on Nov 21 2010 @ 07:06 PM

If this comment appears immediately, it will demonstrate the diabolical part of the comment-moderation strategy: those who register and login to ResurrectionSong won’t have to deal with the posting delay.

If my comment doesn’t appear immediately, Zombyboy may feel free to edit it as he sees fit before approving it, so as to make me look foolish.

on Nov 22 2010 @ 03:06 PM

Hmmm. Well, there used to be a control somewhere in the control panel that would let signed-in members bypass moderation. I’ll root around in my own install and see if I can find it.

on Nov 22 2010 @ 03:07 PM

I looked quite a bit last night and didn’t find what I was looking for. Definitely let me know if you do--I hate having to moderate your comments (although it is gratifying to see the spam comments come in without having to worry about deleting them).

on Nov 22 2010 @ 03:16 PM

Here it is!

CP Home › Admin › Members and Groups › Member Groups › Edit Member Group ›

You can set it for each member group, but I was only letting members of the group “Members” bypass moderation.

And I would suggest requiring moderator approval for new member registrations.

on Nov 22 2010 @ 03:17 PM

Excellent.

I’ll take care of that when I get home tonight.

Thanks, McGehee. I knew I kept you around for something other than your spectacularly good looks.

on Nov 22 2010 @ 03:51 PM

Not that there needed to be anything else.

on Nov 22 2010 @ 06:07 PM

Jed, I feel special. But not as special as the spectacularly handsome McGehee.

on Nov 22 2010 @ 08:04 PM

I’m sorry about all those spammers.  That sucks.  I hate it when they get my site.

by the way, I got some viagra and valtrex for you....Need any “enlarging” if you know what I mean? 

Sorry couldn’t help myself.

on Nov 23 2010 @ 09:19 AM

I am perturbed by the fact I am no longer able to see Jed’s comments.

on Nov 23 2010 @ 05:12 PM

Ah, geez, I think I killed Jed’s account.

I changed the system to require approval for new members and no comment moderation for members. But I have a few more than 30,000 members ("members," that is) and am trying to kill off the accounts that aren’t real. I must have killed his, too.

Jed, I’m sorry. Come back. Re-register. I screwed up. First drink is on me.

on Nov 23 2010 @ 08:16 PM

Maybe the thing to do would be to reset the suspect registrations to “pending” or “guest” so they can be recovered if something goes wrong.

Small consolation to poor, put-upon Jed, but…

on Nov 23 2010 @ 08:35 PM

Maybe. But I wasn’t exaggerating--it’s 30,000 of them. Possibly more. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been getting upwards of around 150 new registrations every weekday.

I know I’ve been cranky lately, but I was really close to nuking the whole thing and starting from scratch.

on Nov 23 2010 @ 08:40 PM

Just John-Kerry’s-middle-initial wow.

on Nov 23 2010 @ 08:52 PM

I don’t understand why the site has come under this prolonged attack over the last few months. It was pretty quiet around here until, very suddenly, there has been a steady onslaught of comment spam.

It’s bizarre. But not in a funny ha-ha kind of way.

I do feel bad about Jed’s registration, though. I should have been more careful.

on Nov 23 2010 @ 08:57 PM

These things do go in cycles. Eventually the current crop of warm-body spammers will have made enough money to buy the livestock they need to offer in exchange for their intended’s hand in marriage, and things will die back down.

At least until their own daughters come of age and a new crop of would-be suitors needs to start earning money.

Stop me when I’ve gotten too racist.

on Nov 24 2010 @ 07:36 AM

And just to illustrate: my Wordpress site has tended to get maybe one or two comment spams a week.

Just now I checked the Akismet queue and there are 18 comment spams from just the last three days.

on Nov 24 2010 @ 07:39 AM
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