Robot Raid


Rikke wrote me the other day and mentioned that she always enjoyed reading but that it was a bit of a chore to leave a comment from a mobile device due to the 'captcha' window popping up and asking you to 'prove you aren't a robot'.

Personally, I'm not crazy about having to jump through all kinds of online hoops to leave comments on blogs either, so I decided to untick the function to see if it mattered all that much.


Within an hour, there were 17 spam comments – in numerous languages and each packed with links to everything from car tune-ups to housing development to porn sites.

'Maybe it will let up' I thought and left the setting untouched for a few days.

It didn't let up – at all.

It got worse.

I caved after 3 days and put up the 'captcha' thingy again. The raid of robots was making it necessary to sort through and delete spam comments several times a day.

I am amazed at how effective this little function is at stopping the army of spam-commenting-robots just waiting to attack if the 'robot-shield' is lowered.

I'm sorry Rikke, and everyone else who curses the captcha window. I really want you all to be able to leave a comment easily, but there are just too many rude-mannered robots out there.

I am, however, open to suggestions if anyone has any input on how to improve the comments situation. And if you don't want to leave a comment here, please feel free to email me directly. My information is on the sidebar.

Comments

Olivia J said…
Try Disqus, it has akismet and stops spam comments. You can also moderate easily and block certain ip's from commenting. And, you can export all your comments.
Lise M Andersen said…
thank you Olivia!! I will check this out ;)
Rikke said…
Hi Lise. Tak for forsøget. Irriterende med alle de uopdragne robotter. Jeg vil med glæde forsøge at få denne kommentar forbi robotfilteret ;-) kh Rikke
Lise M Andersen said…
Hej Rikke - Jeg er ved at checke Disqus ud.. det kræver en smule web/kode kunne som jeg skal lige sætte mig lidt inde i, men hvis jeg kan finde ude af det, får vi prøvet et nyt kommentar system!
Tak for din tålmodighed!