2/25/2012 – About those weird comments

If you read the comments following some of the blogs, you may have seen some strange ones if you got to them before I deleted them. They generally sound like someone for whom English is not their first language, being complimentary about how interesting and well-written my blog is. Very nice except the thing is, it’s all SPAM (and not the kind I like with fried eggs).

I was led to believe that Blogger had a pretty good spam filter for comments. So, I decided to turn off that annoying word verification deal you get when you try to post a comment. I hate that thing. Especially now that they use two words which are almost unreadable. But, unfortunately, I immediately started getting inundated with spam. The Blogger filter caught some of it but it’s such a piece of crap filter that on a given day, I might receive 5 comments, all worded almost exactly (and in some cases exactly ) the same. Two would get trapped in the filter and the other three would get through. I’d like to see the algorithm that allows this. Must be something like:

IF
some stuff is in the comment sometimes
THEN
divert to trash sometimes
ELSE
don’t sometimes
END

Anyway, I’m sorry to say that I’ve had to turn the word verification back on. If it’s any consolation, Blogger gets a ton of complaints from bloggers about this current verification program they’re using. I don’t know that they actually give a crap, but at least they get complaints.

Oh, and guess what? Lulu gets back tomorrow. YAY!

 

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About sryoder

Steve & Lulu... retired. Had enough of the cold wet dreary fall/winter/spring in the Pacific Northwest. Bought a boat, fixed it up, sold our home and sailed to Mexico in November, 2010. Been here ever since except for occasional forays to the States (summer only, thank you) to visit the kids, parents and siblings. If you're looking for a sailing blog, this is the wrong place. This is a traveling, hunkering in, eating blog. Sailing is just how we get from place to place when we can't walk.
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9 Responses to 2/25/2012 – About those weird comments

  1. Tate says:

    We'll work through the pain of putting on glasses and studiously deducing what the two captcha words are…. For you Steve. 😉 One of the reasons I like wordpress is that the spam filtering is VERY good. It catches almost all the spam.

  2. Thanks Tate. I appreciate your going the extra mile for me. I should investigate WordPress and see if my past stuff can be converted.-Steve

  3. Anonymous says:

    I don't mind typing the verification word. Happy to hear that LuAnn will be "home" tomorrow. Love, mom

  4. Anonymous says:

    I don't mind typing theverification word either and I am also glad that Lulu is getting home. Love always – Nancy

  5. I had to have someone put on a program called "captcha" because of spam on a form I have on the website. You might google around with that. S.

  6. Yo, I know you are glad Lulu is back, and yeah, what a romantic guy to compose a song about her!! The best I got from Keith was "I'm in Love with a Big Blue Frog"…do you know that one? And, it wasn't his, of course!Anyway, missed your blog because I was sick, too. Too dehydrated and too much noise from "Carnaval"! Ay yi yi. I'm better, it's over and now we are dealing with a norther. So no more excuses, I must post, too.No worries about two hard-to-read words – beats SPAM all to hell!Also, now that you have your FM3s, assume you know you can get a contract or plan with TelCel and avoid having to walk in to renew? Keep on eatin'/cookin'/postin' – love it! k

  7. Shelly,I'm not sure how much freedom I have to add things like CAPTCHA to a canned blog sit. Today, 2 SPAMs, worded pretty much the same way as all the rest, got past all of Blogger's security. Security? Anyway, I'm in the process of moving the blog over to WordPress which, according to Tate, has a much more robust SPAM filter.-Steve

  8. Kay,I'll send you an e-mail and let you now what's up with us.-Steve

  9. Dani says:

    Hello! We have found you..If we can help at all with formatting wordpress let us know!

    ki10danielle1 at yahoo dot com

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