Thursday, August 25, 2005

Word Verification on Comments from Blogger

Word Verification on Comments from Blogger. I am very pleased that Blogger is now allowing the option of requiring word verification on comment posts. Since I have turned the comments back on at the World History Blog, I have had to manually remove about a dozen obvious spam comments relating to stock tips, viagra, mortgage loan rates, and an advertisement for a bookstore in Canada. I believe most (if not all) of these were automated spam created by spambots who took the time to create a Blogger account first.

Not anymore! The spambots should be unable to get past the word verification trap. This is a great tool. Thanks Blogger. If you have a blog on Blogger, you can do this as well but you have to manually turn this feature on first to use it.

From the site:

What this does is to prevent automated systems from adding comments to your blog, since it takes a human being to read the word and pass this step. If you've ever received a comment that looked like an advertisement or a random link to an unrelated site, then you've encountered comment spam. A lot of this is done automatically by software which can't pass the word verification, so enabling this option is a good way to prevent many such unwanted comments.

1 comment:

Baron Bodissey said...

Miland -- thanks for the information; we may want to use the same thing. One of the interesting things abot the spam bots is that they seem to be able to use only the current post to spam on.