Life in the Slow Lane

Life in the Slow Lane

Monday, August 22, 2005

Up Spam!

I don’t know what is up with all the comment spam on Blogger lately but I am pretty sick of it already. I did a little browsing on the Blogger site to check out the ‘flag’ nonsense they are pushing and found out that they are offering a feature to discourage comment spam. Now when you leave a comment on my site you will be asked to type in a word they display. I hope this extra step won’t discourage you from coming by and commenting. If you want to enable this handy-dandy little feature for yourself just go to your setting page and it is available under the comments tab. I will be more than happy typing in that extra word on all your blogs to avoid all this STUPID spam.


eclectic said...

Yeah -- I don't know why ALL OF A SUDDEN the spammers have gotten out of control! I'm about ready to enable this little feature you're modelling for us, I think. But what's with the flagging thing?

Candace said...

The flagging thing is so that random jerks can "flag as objectionable" any blog they damned well please.

OK, it's probably not *that* bad, but the principle is the same.


Squirl said...

Jessica Rabbit had a good post complaining about that stupid flag. Feels too Big Brother to me. I don't see how typing in an extra word in order to comment could be bad. Oops, except it's not a word, just random letters. Hope I don't get dyslexic and lose a good comment. *fingers crossed*

candy said...

i had 3 spam comments within 10 minutes of posting on my blogger blog (which is strictly my "photoblog") the other day. i think i'm going to enable the feature you mentioned too. i don't think it will discourage any "real" comments. at least i hope not.

Von Krankipantzen said...

eclectic-I don't know why it started all of a sudden.. Maybe somebdoy developed a program to make it possible. Figures. I hope this new word feature works.

Check out Jessicarabbit as she has explained the flagging thing better than I could.

misfit-if I see anything come of flagging that I find creepy or objectionable I will totally move my blog. They say it is so they don't accidentally promote an "objectionable blog" but time will tell.

squirl-I screwed up typing in those letters and it did not lose my comment. Just gave me another word to type in.

candy-got SEVEN spam comments in a row on my Friday post. That clinches it for me.

LeaLea said...

I'm happy to use it and will go find it for myself..I'm sick of that spam :( Sometimes they will type the longggest comment too- filled with spam and take up far too much space!

Vanessa said...

Yeah, I got 3 spams the other day in my comments. I was shocked. Now I'm pissed off. Might have to follow your lead regarding that.

east village idiot said...

I too am ove this spamalot. Hope I can follow in your righteous clearance path.

kalki said...

I actually kinda like typing the spam word. Makes me feel smart. (Clearly I have issues...)

JessicaRabbit said...

Um why are you people talking about me over here? Now im going to be even more paranoid.

Unless your talking about how much you wanna smooch with me.

Smooooch, smoooch, you wanna smooooch me.


L.Bo said...

Hi Kranki-darling,

I hope this works as I find the comment spam as offensive as telemarketing calls during dinner. I have noticed that there are no spam comments yet, so maybe it's working.

I don't at all mind typing in the extra word. I tend to be rather verbose anyway, so what's one more word?

Keeping fingers crossed!

Sharkey said...

I don't know anything about the flag thingy, but this word verification seems like a good thing if it'll cut down on the nasty spam.

Precisiongirl said...

I can't believe it!! I had some dude come and post a comment, giving some information about his timber company - what!!!

ScottyGee said...

Comment spam sucks. I'd take it though. It might make it look like my blog was really popular! Hehhee. Just kidding. Spammers will find a way to annoying the living hell out of all of u anyway they can I guess.

Damn them. Damn them straight to hell. =)

abcd said...

I can certainly type one extra word. The trick will be if I
can read the letters without my
glasses. I hope you are doing well
and feeling good.


I am a Milliner's Dream, a woman of many "hats"... said...

I get so much of it that I blogged about it the other day, too!


I am a Milliner's Dream, a woman of many "hats"... said...

P.S. Thanks, Kranki, I didn't know that option was available and have now set it. I agree I don't mind typing in a few letters to save fellow bloggers the hassle of the spam.


LadyBug said...

I'm just commenting to let you know I'll still be commenting! :o)

fueltank said...

Spam spam spam spam spam baked beans and spam...

Well someone had to say it.

Bloc Party Helicopter

Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Wait, is there smoochin' goin' on here? 'Cause lemme tell ya, I could use some today.

My lips are ready, any takers?

Warped Bryce said...

I wanted to comment, but I just couldn't figure out that $@#$@!! word. Dammit!!! And my thoughts were so brilliant and insightful.

petrow said...

you know what sucks the most, blogger, put that stupid flag button up to block or scold the people with potty mouth or to much good shit to say, which makes me blogg reading boring if this keeps up......but they won't stop the blogg spaming, how does that work?

fueltank said...

smoochin'? I'm ready for that kind of action!

Ramones Blitzkrieg Bop

fueltank said...

Oh, if you need to see some rantin' and ravin', I been done that shit over at my place.

The Hellacopters I'm In The Band

snaps79 said...

I'll type a word over here for you any day.

Susie said...

Yep, I'm going to do this, too.

I like the smooching. Smooches all around :)

Von Krankipantzen said...

lealea-wouldn't it be great if everybody checked that option and banished spam FOREVER??!?

vanessa-spam killers UNITE!

eastvillageidiot-Sir Spamalot! That sounds like a rapper name. How funny.

klaki-um..I have messed up typing that word a couple times. What does that say about me?

jessicarabbit-we are raving about your fabulous anti flagging post. You said it better than I ever could. Oh, and smooches are always welcome here.

lbo-no spam yet! Woo Hoo! Did I ever tell you that I just hang up in telemarketers ears when they call? I am sooo rude. But so are they. I hope it evens out.

sharkey-so far this is a spam free post. I think it is working.

precosiongirl-I am with you. If it was something to do with my post topic I could understand it. But timber????

scotty gee-damn them INDEED! I know, I got all excited one night thinking I got tonnes of comments but 7 of them were spam. ;-(

nikki-I know! Those words are hard to read sometimes. I am doing very well thanks. I hope you are hanging in there too.
Thanks for coming by. Hugs.

milliners dream-I hope it works out for you. I'll stop by and check you out soon.

ladybug-I am commenting about your comment about commenting and am so happy that you will continue to comment.

fuel-I can hear that old lady voice in my head saying SPAM! I had forgot about that.

bucky-this is a free smooch zone opposed to smooch free which is sad. Several coming your way. I hope you day improved.

warped bryce-WHAT?!! I fucked up the word a couple times but it kept my comment and just gave me a new word to type. What a bummer you lost your insights. I hope you come by again and try.

petrov-I don't know what this flagging thing is really all about Time will tell I think. I am always willing and able to move this blog if I see stuff I don't like starting to happen.

fuel-smoooch! I have checked your blog but no new updates. What is up with that?

HDL-You so rock, girl. I really appreciate that.

Von Krankipantzen said...

susie-you snuck in there while I was typing. Good to see you again. Yes, it seems to be working so far. I recommend it.

Heidi said...

HI ,
First time visitor to your blog..I noticed on another blogger this week about that " extra word" all of a sudden..Now I understand why..Thankyou....Just gonna catch up on your past entries.