Leo, I’m unable to post comments on your site anymore because of suspected
spam. I’ve asked this question before but I wonder if it’s because I have two
email addresses registered to you? I started with a Yahoo account but
registered with my Gmail account when I was having trouble logging into my
I’m not sure what looks suspicious but I’ve successfully posted to three other
sites today and would love to be able to interact with your site as before.
In this excerpt from
Answercast #87, I look at the ways that the comment form on Ask Leo! is
programmed to reduce the amount of spam that gets posted to the site.
Post comments on a website
Well, to be clear, the site, the actual website “ask-leo.com” doesn’t have any registration. You’re not registered with the site no matter how many email addresses you have or how many different email addresses you might leave in a comment.
The site just doesn’t keep track of any that kind of stuff. It’s a free site; anybody can access it so there’s no need for registration.
If you’re thinking of the newsletter subscription, that’s completely separate from the website. There’s actually no relationship to it and there’s nothing about your newsletter subscription or your newsletter subscription’s email address that is actually technically connected to the site in any way so don’t let that confuse you.
The email addresses simply aren’t an issue.
That actually removes a tremendous amount of spam from the website. Website spam is bad enough… but this simple technique actually thwarts a tremendous amount of what we refer to as automated comment spam. Basically, bots that go out to different websites and post comments.
I apologize, but it’s a technique that I have to use simply because of the overwhelming amount of comment spam that would come in otherwise.
Posting numerous links
The other thing that comes to mind is if you’re actually able to post a comment, but you then get a message that it’s being “held for moderation.”
One of us, (myself or one of my assistants) will in fact get around to looking at that comment, and if it’s valid will go ahead and approve it – and it will get posted on the site.
The trigger there is the number of URLs. Again, because of spammers, we have to be careful. Spammers like to throw in lots of URLs into their comments.
Even with human spammers (where they pay low paid workers in foreign countries to run around and post spam on all of these sites), one of the things they do is they post spam that has lots of URLs.
Many websites will in fact hold for moderation any comment that includes more than three URLs. If your comment is being held for moderation, if that’s what you’re seeing, that’s all it is and your comment will eventually get through.
(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)
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