Saturday, December 1, 2012

Moderation Is the Key

When I decided to fire up the ole' blog again I poked and prodded through a few of Blogger's features. While looking at the comments section I noticed a spike in a few posts I'd previously put up. Wondering why, I investigated further. Turns out that the spammers were having a field day in my absence. All sorts of gibberish and pointless garbage had been posted as comments.

What is it with these people?

I decided that putting comment moderation in place would allow me to filter through their BS and delete it before it made it into "print". It worked, but at the same it meant everyone else's legitimate comments would have to be approved by me before they were visible. This I didn't like.

Alas, I discovered that you can set moderation to "Sometimes". In this setting you can apply a number of days that allow all new comments to appear while ones that are 1, 7, 14 days (or whatever # you choose) to be moderated first.

I like this option. New comments can be displayed right away while anything older than 7 days (what I set it at) have to be approved first. Hopefully this will slow down the spammers. I'd like to say stop, but I know better.

Alrighty then, I now return you to your regularly scheduled blogging.


Akelamalu said...

I didn't realise you could do that, it's good to know. :)

Ron said...

Since I no longer use Bloggers comment format, I had no idea you could do that. Very cool!

As you know, I use Disqus which enables you to allow previous commenters to comment without moderation, but screens first time commenters. Also, they have a really great feature which enables you to automatically turn off comments after 30 days, so that spammers can't get to posts in your archives.

Truly, I love using Disqus.

Dianne said...

anything as long as it's not word verification
I have to really really love a blogger to suffer thru verification to leave them a comment

this sounds like a great way to curtail spam

Jeff B said...

Akelamalu- So far so good.

Ron- Being able to turn off comments after 30 days is a great feature! I may look into Disqus if this current plan doesn't work out.

Dianne- I couldn't agree more about word verification. I really can't stand it either.

Mama Zen said...

Thanks for the tip! I'm getting spammed like crazy lately.

Finding Pam said...

Nice to see you blogging again.

Jeff B said...

Mama Zen- You're welcome. Hope it helps.

Pam- Howdy. Good to see you too!

Travis Cody said...

I don't worry about spam anymore. I set the sometimes moderation at 7 days. Then I just delete those. Blogger's spam feature filters out a bunch of it as well.

Anything that gets through? Oh well.

Nessa said...

I like that feature, too. It does seem to help.

Roan said...

I had no idea there was such an option. I will be changing my options. Good info. Thanks!