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Your Help: Comment Posting

By - December 08, 2006

Hey Searchbloggers:

Some of our most avid readers are having problems with the “human detector” on Searchblog, and can’t post comments. In fact, I can’t post myself! I’d like to get to the bottom of this, so can you guys help? Can you try to post a comment on this post, and if it works, great, we’ll see that. If it does not, can you send me an email (jbat @ battellemedia dot com) with your OS, browser type, and the comment body text? I’d be very grateful. The “human detector” is doing a great job stopping spam, but lately, it seems to be doing a poor job at detecting humans. Thanks!

Update: Thanks for all your help. I think I may have figured this out, or at least, we’re closer. Seems that if a commentor posts a comment with three or more URLs, his or her comment is automatically labeled “junk” – and that kicks in all sorts of other complications. Have to pry apart the various throttling technologies like Akismet from the human detector, but for now, I think that’s the main issue. If you post a comment, please keep URLs to one or two, until I figure out how to fix it…thanks.

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  • George Z

    hope this works

  • Mel

    Hello. Is this thing on? Test 1 2.

  • Mel

    XP SP2 FF1.5.0.8 works for me

  • Mel

    XP SP2 IE6.0.29 works for me also

  • Michael

    Testing 123, Mac, Safari

  • preston

    testing… windows, ie6 – yeah, i’m that cool…

  • KiwiBen

    Test. ie7, XPSP2

  • ISG Blog

    Testing: Firefox 2.0 on Windows XP, SP2.

  • JS

    Test, test, test: FF 1.5, XPSP2

  • Oli

    testing FF 2.0, Linux

  • Gerald Buckley

    Mac 10.4.8, Safari 2.0.4 (419.3) aka WebKit

  • Paul

    testing the human detector

  • jfno

    Testing the Human Detector.

  • pratt

    test (firefox 2.0)

  • Oracle Oracle

    firefox xp

  • Erik

    Testing, Mac OS X 10.4.8, FireFox 2.0.

  • Joel Fugazzotto

    Testing… Mac OS X 10.4.8, Safari 2.0.4

  • Joel Fugazzotto

    Testing… Mac OS X 10.4.8, Camino 1.03

  • mhhfive

    OS X, Firefox… It’s amazing to me how much comment spam is generated and how few methods there are to stop it.

  • Kamal Jain

    Windows XP, IE 6.

  • Robyn Tippins

    Firefox ver2,Vista RC1

  • SorenG

    Seems to work fine on PC, Firefox.

    You sure John, this test is not just a ploy to get more page views? :-)

  • Phil Bradley

    Here ya go. Firefox 1.5, Windows XP SP2

  • CPCcurmudgeon

    we’re getting a lesson in why captchas on search engines aren’t a widespread
    practice …

  • Al Nilsen

    Testing 67, 68, 69

    Mac OSX 10.4.8, Safari

  • Kate

    XP SP2, Firefox 2

  • Greg

    testing testing

  • Dmitri


  • Brian

    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.1) Gecko/20061010 Firefox/2.0

  • SamH-one

    It worked for me. IE7 on Windows Media Edition

  • BigFatGeek


  • Dave Reiners

    I continue to be intrigued how the omnipresence of spam still isn’t enough to throttle growth of what the Web keeps delivering. Fighting that right now is John’s simple little human detector letter entry field. What’ll tomorrow bring? Keypad fingerprint detection that the blogger is indeed a human? An iris print scan of your right eyeball taken by a laser device?

  • Devan

    Am I human?

  • Toivo Lainevool


    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.1) Gecko/20061010 Firefox/2.0 on Windows XP Pro

  • Edwin

    Hello world :-)

  • gm

    gps found

  • Just Mohit

    I’m on XP/Firefox…let’s see if it works

  • MichaelDuz


  • Mike

    testing, xp/firefox 2. and yes, i am an avid reader, read the search thrice, listened to oreilly web2.o posts…i am one of the hopelessly connected

  • pittfall

    Browser – IE7
    OS – WinXP Pro

  • Anatoly Lubarsky

    test: IE7 win2003

  • MJC

    Ping! XP SP 2, Firefox 1.5

  • Mark

    IE 7 on WinXP.

  • Jean-François Lavigne

    Firefox 2.0 Win XP Pro SP2

  • Mike

    XP Firefox

  • Rob

    Hey John,

    Win XP, Firefox

  • Percy

    Opera 9.2 (identified as Mozilla) on Win 98. Now, let’s see if this works.

  • Percy

    Sorry, that was Opera 9.02 not 9.2, but it’s good to see that the comment worked. Now trying identifying as Opera.

  • Paul

    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.1) Gecko/20061010 Firefox/2.0 Windows XP Pro

    nice blog >>
    SEO Synergy

    Comment spam blocker seems to be working fine…

  • Connie

    Looks like a lot of people have been able to comment. What seems to work for me is that all first time posts are held for approval. I just delete the dam Spam.

  • Alfa

    Windows XP, IE

  • Ian

    test comment

  • seekXL

    Windows XP Prof.
    IE 6.0.2900.2180.xp_sp2

  • Vijay

    I think this is much better. Jeremy from Yahoo uses his first name instead of “F”

  • Mahlon

    FF 2.0, Linux

  • Michael Kolowich

    Windows XP Pro SP2, IE7

    Looks A-OK to me

  • webseo

    Testing Windows XP SP2 with IE6

  • Andy Headington

    Hi John,

    We get bombared with spam so I can symapthise!

    Win XP, FF ver 2.0

  • Andy

    Dave? What are you doing, Dave?