Monday, October 10, 2005

Word verification - back in place

The grand experiment is now over. After, oh, 16 hours, I have reimplemented word verfication on the blog. (Click here for the original entry.)

Almost from the moment I removed the feature, I have been getting slammed with comment spam. What's worse, it's been hitting older entries as well, making it even more difficult to hunt down and remove.

I know there are a number of things I should be doing, such as:
  1. Implementing Haloscan commenting.
  2. Moving the blog to an entirely new platform.
  3. Setting up my own domain.
Although all of these remain on my wish list, the thing I lack at this time is...time. Using the Blogger service is a relatively low-overhead means of maintaining this blog. I don't have the free time to move everything over - not now, anyway, but hopefully soon.

Until then, I'll apologize for forcing you all to type in wacked-out key combinations when leaving comments. Blame the scum among us who insist on ruining what should otherwise be an enlightening, inspirational experience.

Thank you for your understanding.

11 comments:

Pieces of Me said...

Hey Carmi!! I definitely dont mind typing a few extra letters...no biggie!! You have become one of my new fav bloggers...I love your posts and you always are so nice to comment on mine!! TTYL

kenju said...

I don't mind either, Carmi! You are always worth it!

Michele sent me, and there's a new post to read!

Mrs. Fun said...

Hey, i make you do it on mine so we're even;-)
its really no biggie.
I also would love my own domain but i lack the talent.

Trish said...

Thanks for the visit and comment!

I would put on a post and within seconds I'd have 3 spam comments... and I didn't even know 3 people who knew I had a blog yet!! I don't mind verifying on others.

You're right about the gift-balancing. I just hate when he spends SO much money that we don't have!! I'll do better for him once I start getting my pay check!

Plain Jane said...

I don't mind typing a few extra letters either - and I'm wrestling with the same problem myself.

I have my own site, use Word Press, and love it - however, I'm finding that I have to constantly update my filter words as these idiots find different ways to be bothersome.

What a waste of effort and time.

Dean said...

I hate comment spam. In fact, I hate spam of all stripes. So I don't mind typing in a few letters.

Kevin said...

Here today from Michele's.

There's no need to apologize. Word verification is a very minor annoyance when compared to the onslaught of spam that shows up without it.

Thumper said...

As more and more blogs *have* to implement wod verification, even those who hate it will just get used to it and not think twice. It's not that big a deal.

But yeah...haloscan is awesome. I don't think I've ever gotten spam in my comments...

colleen said...

Wow! Now my name has a heading! What happened? Did you fix something, Carmi?

I wanted to say that I don't mind the word verification at all. I like to make up words and imagine what a high score I would get if this was a scrabble game.

TC said...

I don't mind having type out a few extra random nonsense letters to get the chance to chat back at ya, don't worry about it, I understand

TC said...

oh and michele sent me!