Saturday, February 23, 2013

Blogging Notes - No More Anonymous Commenting

Hope everyone's having a great weekend! I'm swamped for the next few weeks with a variety of personal, professional and academic projects, but I hope to post at least once or twice a week at minimum.

After much debate, I've decided to disable anonymous commenting and enable comment moderation for posts that are more than 30 days old. Spam comments are on the rise again and Blogger seems to have completely lost the ability to filter them. I've been advised to switch over to DISQUS, but it's not something I have the time or attention span to deal with right now. We shall see.

This shouldn't affect most people, but if you have been using anonymous comments in the past, sorry for the inconvenience! I hope it doesn't deter you from engaging in future discussions.

18 comments:

  1. Sounds good to me - I see zero reason to allow anon comments, it's not like people can't make a psudononymous gmail / blogger profile easily.

    However, would you mind enabling the option that allows commenting with a name + URL? Or does that create spam-opportunities too easily as well? I I can't link directly to my blog using any of the currently available options, which certainly won't stop me from commenting, but it would be nice if I could.

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    1. Yeah, unfortunately that enables the spammers to keep on commenting. :( They make fake accounts too of course but at least we can report those.

      Our options are: the way it was before, the current status, Google users only, private members only or moderate all. I choose not to moderate all comments because I think people like to see their comments appear right away and enjoy reading other comments as well. I try not to detract conversation possibilities as much as possible because sometimes the ensuing dialogue is the best part of blogging.

      Anyway, thanks for the input, Emi. Your insight is always appreciated. :)

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    2. Ah, that makes sense! Like I said, it definitely won't keep me from commenting!

      One reason I like Disqus is because it allows partial moderation - I have it set so comments are moderated, but I can whitelist users I trust. It's not foolproof, as I don't always remember to whitelist everyone, plus if someone uses a different email they might end up in moderation, but it works reasonably well. There are a bunch of other reasons I like Disqus, but I know you're not interested in switching right now :)

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    3. Thanks for understanding!

      I was mostly convinced to switch to Disqus on Twitter the other day but I also know of some users who reverted back to Blogger default, so it requires looking into. I'm just so pressed for time and attention lately that it's sort of the last thing on my mind, now that the spam comments have finally stopped!

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  2. I completely understand. Take care Liz!

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  3. This sounds like a good idea, Liz! I have been getting an unbelievable amount of SPAM lately as well- this seems to be a very good solution to a real problem!! <3

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    1. Making this small change has completely stopped spam in the past 24 hours. HURRAH!

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  4. Sounds good to me, Liz! I'm still using the default WP system and a spam-detecting plug-in which isn't bad at all. I'm thinking about switching to a more interactive one too. Maybe soon :)

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    1. Thanks, Sunny! I'm starting to understand the power of Wordpress a bit more lately. I see why so many people switched over.

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  5. Hi Liz,

    I've noticed the same thing too; it seems like SPAM bots (or whatever you call them) seem to be targeting the same posts and then moving on to other posts. Selective moderation works really well for me; I like people being able to see their comments immediately for new posts, but don't mind having to moderate for older posts which get less comments by default anyway. I know a lot of people seem to like Disqus, but I find it a tad annoying because it takes a long time to load, doesn't work on mobile devices well, and you have to type in all that extra info!

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    1. They LOVE anything acne-related, lol! My Clarisonic post was getting some really heavy hits until I made the changes.

      That's a good point about mobile devices. I don't know how many people comment on-the-go, but on the rare occasion that I do, I'm stumped by Disqus. Thanks for that, Dovey!

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  6. Good idea Liz. :) I think I should do the same...my spam has been out of control lately!

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    1. I can't believe we lived with it for so long. At least the spammers are very complimentary. ;)

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  7. True that. If you want to say something, why remain anonymous? Hi anonymous! *weird*

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    1. It's not like I'm all "out" with my face and full name either, so I don't mind the full anonymity if commenters make legit points and aren't rude. :) But it also doesn't take much to create a profile if they really want to make a point.

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  8. I'm glad this move has put a big clamp down on spam already. I'm up for moves like this, which make your life easier.

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    1. Thank you! I can't believe I didn't do it earlier. It just seems like spam is a part of life now, lol.

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