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.


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.
LisaLise 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
LisaLise 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!