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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hope this works
Hello. Is this thing on? Test 1 2.
XP SP2 FF126.96.36.199 works for me
XP SP2 IE6.0.29 works for me also
Testing 123, Mac, Safari
testing… windows, ie6 – yeah, i’m that cool…
Test. ie7, XPSP2
Testing: Firefox 2.0 on Windows XP, SP2.
Test, test, test: FF 1.5, XPSP2
testing FF 2.0, Linux
Mac 10.4.8, Safari 2.0.4 (419.3) aka WebKit
testing the human detector
Testing the Human Detector.
test (firefox 2.0)
Testing, Mac OS X 10.4.8, FireFox 2.0.
Testing… Mac OS X 10.4.8, Safari 2.0.4
Testing… Mac OS X 10.4.8, Camino 1.03
OS X, Firefox… It’s amazing to me how much comment spam is generated and how few methods there are to stop it.
Windows XP, IE 6.
Firefox ver2,Vista RC1
Seems to work fine on PC, Firefox.
You sure John, this test is not just a ploy to get more page views? 🙂
Here ya go. Firefox 1.5, Windows XP SP2
we’re getting a lesson in why captchas on search engines aren’t a widespread
Testing 67, 68, 69
Mac OSX 10.4.8, Safari
XP SP2, Firefox 2
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.1) Gecko/20061010 Firefox/2.0
It worked for me. IE7 on Windows Media Edition
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?
Am I human?
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.1) Gecko/20061010 Firefox/2.0 on Windows XP Pro
Hello world 🙂
I’m on XP/Firefox…let’s see if it works
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
Browser – IE7
OS – WinXP Pro
test: IE7 win2003
Ping! XP SP 2, Firefox 1.5
IE 7 on WinXP.
Firefox 2.0 Win XP Pro SP2
XP Firefox 188.8.131.52
Win XP, Firefox 184.108.40.206.
Opera 9.2 (identified as Mozilla) on Win 98. Now, let’s see if this works.
Sorry, that was Opera 9.02 not 9.2, but it’s good to see that the comment worked. Now trying identifying as Opera.
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 >>
Comment spam blocker seems to be working fine…
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.