Thursday, February 10, 2011

I heart Blogger's spam detector

There are things people deal with when writing or reading blogs.  I mean, when I first started blogging I broke my blog and had to beg somebody to look at my template to find what I did.  Or how about when you comment on someones blog and accidentally do it twice?  Argh-h.  Usually if someone does that on my blog, I delete the duplicates because it just seems like the nice thing to do.  I have run into problems posting photos - and made myself crazy trying to get one photo the right size and orientation. 

But one big thing about blogging are the spam bots and the trolls and comments left to obviously send a reader to some other site, most likely dangerous in some way.  People resort to comment moderation and word verification.  Yuk.  But I totally understand because sometimes I use it myself. 

 Now though, Blogger has come out with their own spam filter.  I suppose it could have been there for a year and I didn't notice it, but when I did I was thrilled!  I turned word verification off and since then, bots have tried but failed to post comments.  I take that back, I think one got through in like - a month.  You can see published comments as well as quarantined ones, and mark something "not spam" to let it through.  So far though, I have not seen any accidentally marked as spam.  

It's about time, don't ya think?  I mean, really!



JenK said...

Wow. I'm really surprised that they never had a spam filter before. That's crazy. Since Wordpress has always had one since I've been using it, I just always assumed that blogger did too. I guess that's why most wordpress based blogs don't use word verification? Maybe?

Well- thank goodness they have one. It will save you a big hassle. Sometimes I like to look at my spam folder just to see how many spam comments it has caught. At last count it was 13 thousand something. Yeesh.

Lady Banana said...

I guess I should try turning off the moderation.. Won't hurt will it to give it a trial run..

cindy said...

I have my site moderated and still I am annoyed by the amount of spam and garbage that gets through to me. It is just one of those things we put up with for the beauty of it all.

The Beading Gem said...

I agree with Cindy. The non-bot stuff still gets through and the word verification does keep them in check as it is more work for them. Unfortunately, it also discourages legitimate commentators. Sigh. Can't win.

Teena in Toronto said...

It makes life so much easier, doesn't it?