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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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59 thoughts on “Your Help: Comment Posting

  1. George Z says:

    hope this works

  2. Mel says:

    Hello. Is this thing on? Test 1 2.

  3. Mel says:

    XP SP2 FF1.5.0.8 works for me

  4. Mel says:

    XP SP2 IE6.0.29 works for me also

  5. Michael says:

    Testing 123, Mac, Safari

  6. preston says:

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

  7. KiwiBen says:

    Test. ie7, XPSP2

  8. ISG Blog says:

    Testing: Firefox 2.0 on Windows XP, SP2.

  9. JS says:

    Test, test, test: FF 1.5, XPSP2

  10. Oli says:

    testing FF 2.0, Linux

  11. Mac 10.4.8, Safari 2.0.4 (419.3) aka WebKit

  12. Paul says:

    testing the human detector

  13. jfno says:

    Testing the Human Detector.

  14. pratt says:

    test (firefox 2.0)

  15. Oracle Oracle says:

    firefox xp

  16. Erik says:

    Testing, Mac OS X 10.4.8, FireFox 2.0.

  17. Testing… Mac OS X 10.4.8, Safari 2.0.4

  18. Testing… Mac OS X 10.4.8, Camino 1.03

  19. mhhfive says:

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

  20. Kamal Jain says:

    Windows XP, IE 6.

  21. Firefox ver2,Vista RC1

  22. SorenG says:

    Seems to work fine on PC, Firefox.

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

  23. Phil Bradley says:

    Here ya go. Firefox 1.5, Windows XP SP2

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

  25. Al Nilsen says:

    Testing 67, 68, 69

    Mac OSX 10.4.8, Safari

  26. Kate says:

    XP SP2, Firefox 2

  27. Greg says:

    testing testing

  28. Brian says:

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

  29. SamH-one says:

    It worked for me. IE7 on Windows Media Edition

  30. Dave Reiners says:

    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?

  31. Testing…

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

  32. Edwin says:

    Hello world 🙂

  33. gm says:

    gps found

  34. Just Mohit says:

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

  35. Mike says:

    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

  36. pittfall says:

    Browser – IE7
    OS – WinXP Pro

  37. MJC says:

    Ping! XP SP 2, Firefox 1.5

  38. Mark says:

    IE 7 on WinXP.

  39. Firefox 2.0 Win XP Pro SP2

  40. Mike says:

    XP Firefox

  41. Rob says:

    Hey John,

    Win XP, Firefox

  42. Percy says:

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

  43. Percy says:

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

  44. Paul says:

    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…

  45. Connie says:

    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.

  46. Alfa says:

    Windows XP, IE

  47. Ian says:

    test comment

  48. seekXL says:

    Windows XP Prof.
    IE 6.0.2900.2180.xp_sp2

  49. Vijay says:

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

  50. Mahlon says:

    FF 2.0, Linux

  51. Windows XP Pro SP2, IE7

    Looks A-OK to me

  52. webseo says:

    Testing Windows XP SP2 with IE6

  53. Hi John,

    We get bombared with spam so I can symapthise!

    Win XP, FF ver 2.0

  54. Andy says:

    Dave? What are you doing, Dave?