Jun 26, 2010

Silly Saturdays - Protecting our blogs, one comment at a time

Blog Tip #205

One of the most dangerous threats to blog safety: unprotected comments.

It must be true because so many people still have captchas attached to the end of their comments. I must be visiting more new blogs than normal, because I have been amazed by how many times I typed words like "phoacy" after I thought I had already left a comment.

So I need to know WHY? Is there some email forward going around stating that word verification will protect you against evil Chinese spammers?  Maybe that if you allow the comments to be left it will open your computer to viruses?  It's terrifying really.  Besides, why make it easy for people to leave comments on your blog? You can challenge your reader's ability to type in random words like "pinest" and keep a straight face.

For the record: I do not have any hatred for the Chinese people.  I have a deep respect for all of Asia. I am merely commenting on the Chinese spam I have left on my blogs...

In all seriousness, I got rid of word verification months ago, and I rarely regret the decision. I have discovered that you only get spammers leaving comments if you allow spammers to leave comments. If you delete the comments just after they leave them, they stop leaving them (like gangsters and graffiti). It takes less time to delete a spam comment than it does for your visitors to type in a random word.

I challenge you to try it out! Turn it off for a week! You can easily change this by clicking on "Settings", "Comments", then scroll down to "Show word verification for comments?" and click "NO".

Done and DONE!

Just me, AJ


  1. Totally agree!!!! I took it off a few months ago and instantly received way more comments. Thanks for spreading the word!

  2. THANK YOU! I hate those pesky things. And some blogs seem to have a slight time delay so that as I click away thinking that I am done, it suddenly appears but it's too late, I have already clicked back to Home. Then the question is, "Was my comment worth doing over again?"

    My only problem with comments has been the nonsensical ANONYMOUS ones, then I blocked "anonymous" and no more problem!

  3. Agreed. Mine is off too. Having it on is like an invite not to comment.

    (cute post by the way!)

  4. I agree! I hate typing in the word verification! I've only gotten spam a couple of times and I just delete it. Now, my photography blog on wordpress that gets a TON of spam, but it's never seen by anyone but me so I don't really care!

    Maybe we need to teach people about putting their email addresses on their profiles too, so we can respond easier!!!

  5. Ditto here. I get way more comments WITHOUT the capcha verification bother. Pam @ Sallygoodin

  6. Yup! Same here!
    i delete them when they come.
    Every now and again I get them but not too often.
    Crazy chinese spammers!!!

    Are you on Blogfrog yet?
    I think you should be deary. :)

  7. so true! I've often wondered how many blogs I've left a comment on and then exited not knowing there was word verification. Sometimes I catch it, sometimes not. lol

  8. Totally agree 1000 percent!! And I keep begging people to turn it off too! I think people would be surprised by the number of comments they don't receive because of it. Because I know there's been times I've left a comment and went to click out of the blog, and at the same time realized that the word verification was on...I don't go back in to retype the message.


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