Your Help: Comment Posting

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…

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.

59 thoughts on “Your Help: Comment Posting”

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

  2. 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?

  3. 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

  4. 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.

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