22 August 2005

I hate to have done it

I had a thing here about how I'd set the blog to Only Registered Users can post, but then I found a much more elegant solution -- they've implemented a "Word Confirmation On Posting" thing, which will, in theory, block out some of the spammers. (I know that there's robots going around who can read those images, but at least that should cut down on things -- since, well, after all, on "Ouch", we got something like 15 comments, 4 of which were real.)

Sorry about the annoyance, though. If a more elegant solution presents itself, that'd be awesome.


Blogger Rev. Syung Myung Me said...

Aw, lame. Unfortunately, EVERYONE needs to do the word verification thing apparently. Even folks who actually HAVE blogger accounts. I was hoping it'd only be for "other" or "anonymous". Oh well. Well, here, let me see if I can just post without entering the word -- if you don't see an "Nope, you gotta", then that means it went through!

...nope, you gotta.

9:56 PM, August 22, 2005  
Blogger Lee H. said...

I like the idea of the word recognition thing better than blocking unregistered users. Any dissenters?

I mean, three of us do 90% of the commenting on here anyway. If we decide it doesn't bother us, it certainly isn't going to be a burden to our unregistered friends who want to comment now and then.

Though I agree Blogger should allow the option of only word-verifying unregistered users. We need to all email them and tell them that (via the "Feedback" link when you log in, I think).

10:01 PM, August 22, 2005  
Blogger Rev. Syung Myung Me said...

It's not the most perfect solution, but it seems to work. (There might be a way to tweak the blogger settings more, though -- I didn't look around a whole awful lot and I don't know anything about the whole Getting Into The Nitty Gritty Of The Code type stuff -- i.e., when you added the Cut-Lines.) I would have preferred to not have to do anything like this, but the spamming's gotten really bad lately (jerks ruinin' it for everyone).

But yeah, it's probably not a big deal, since like you say, it's mainly us anyway, but still, cutting out all anonymous folks (like I did for about 30 seconds, heh) would suck, because then we would miss out on stuff like the Gene Scott link (that turned out to be Aila, BTW, the Zoo Photogrix), which seems to be completely Baby-With-Bathwater-Throwing.

But yeah -- I'll check the feedback link, too; I suppose the idea behind that is that while you have to do one of those Word Verifications when you get a blogger account, unscrupulous swine could have a real person set up a bunch of accounts, and then, once set up, turn them over to spambots, who'd go around spamming comments. Still, though, that hasn't happened yet (touch wood), so it'd be cool to turn that off for the time being.

Or, at least, turn it off for people who have posting access, because, really, it's all about US...8)

10:10 PM, August 22, 2005  
Blogger CatsFive said...

I don't mind. Thanks to the wetware I was born with, word recognition works for me.

11:07 PM, August 22, 2005  
Blogger CatsFive said...

Oh. I forgot to mention. I have devoted the last TWO YEARS OF MY LIFE to helping companies tackle spam, so, the word thing is GREAT in my book.

11:08 PM, August 22, 2005  
Blogger Lee H. said...

Not to mention, those word recognition things often look like cool, splashy logos for companies in some kind of alternate universe. :D

12:44 PM, August 23, 2005  
Blogger Rev. Syung Myung Me said...

I just got "pqxxm" in a sorta classy font. I'm thinking they're a investment management firm.

12:57 PM, August 23, 2005  
Blogger CatsFive said...

Looks more like a dot.com to me... LOL

3:30 PM, August 23, 2005  

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