Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Blogger spam filter not working - evidently

Blogger's spam filter is crap, it really is.   This blog gets spam comments in the hundreds every day: and it takes a while to sift through them all just in case there is a valid comment among them.  

Much of the spam is the very same stuff over and over again.  Blogger's filter is supposed to recognise it and put it all into the spam folder.   It's supposed to be trainable and remember what you mark as spam and what you mark as genuine.

As trainable goes, it is more Odie than Lassie

Quite often I get emails from regular readers asking why their comments have not been published.  The reason, invariably, is because Blogger has decided their comments are spam  while designating  the same penis enlargement ones as legitimate, time and time again. (How are they onto me, anyway? I suppose that's targeted marketing for you).

So now, as an experiment, I have activated word verification.  

This uses the CAPTCHA system - unfortunately a Blogger default -  a thing usually so unintelligible that humans cannot read it, never mind spam robots.  

CAPTCHA usually results in a would-be commenter leaving bloody tufts of his/her ripped-out hair in the vicinity of the keyboard... and no comment to boot.  But I notice it seems to have improved, so we'll try it for a while and see how it goes.

Just type in what you see (letters and numbers) without a space in between.  If you get an attempt wrong the next one should be a bit easier to read.  

It's a bit of a pain, but hopefully not too much so.  

You can email me (address to the left somewhere) and let me know how you are getting on.

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