Tobold's Blog
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Please be patient with comments

Blogger recently installed an automatic comment spam filter. Unfortunately it doesn't work all that well, and frequently puts a comment in quarantaine which isn't spam at all. The comment doesn't appear on the blog until I check the blog and mark the comment as "not spam". There isn't even a notification, neither to me or the commenter, that the comment got caught in the spam filter. And worst of all, the spam filter cannot be turned off.

Also the new system apparently still has a few bugs, giving out error messages when a comment is posted, making it look like the comment hasn't arrived, when in fact it has. As a result of the spam filter and the bugs I now frequently get double, triple, or quadruple comments from people frustrated they don't see their comment on my site right when they wrote it.

Please be patient, there isn't much I can do about it except for "teaching" the spam filter what comments are not spam. If you get an error message, refresh the site instead of reposting. And if you still created multiple posts, please delete the extra copies.
My suggestion (because that happened to me) is that if you press Publish Your Comment, and it gives an error or anything. Scroll down, or try opening it up in a new browser window. Many of my posts went through regardless of errors stating otherwise.
Not sure if you are interested, but I find DISQUS to be a superior comment system to blogger's default comments. It is simple to install and then manage comments. Also it automatically will import all of your old comments and allows you to freely export your comments at any time if you wish to stop using DISQUS.
Tobold -- hope you make it to Spa tomorrow --
Not really interested in car racing, neither real or video game.
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I blame the management.
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