Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Internet Scum

The advent of Blogs has created a wealth of insight and sharing of ideas that is truly a reflection of the best that the Internet has to offer. My little corner of the blogworld is just a tiny spec in the grand mosaic being painted by Bloggers from across the globe. The grandness of this vision has also attracted the everpresent leeches and scum who infect healthy thriving organisms with their self-serving, self-propogandizing tripe.

As a result, I have instituted a filter that should cut down and/or eliminate junk posts in the comment section of this Blog. It's just one easy step more in posting your comments as described below. I am sorry for the inconvenience, but I think it will make this Blog better for all of us and will be worth the extra effort.


Word Verification

What is the word verification option?

The "word verification" option can be found on the Settings | Comments tab for your blog, and it looks like this:

If you choose "yes" for this setting, then people leaving comments on your blog will be required to complete a word verification step, similar to the one presented when you create a blog:

What this does is to prevent automated systems from adding comments to your blog, since it takes a human being to read the word and pass this step. If you've ever received a comment that looked like an advertisement or a random link to an unrelated site, then you've encountered comment spam. A lot of this is done automatically by software which can't pass the word verification, so enabling this option is a good way to prevent many such unwanted comments.

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