November 02, 2004

Admin note: comment security

People, you may notice a block of numbers right below the "post" button in the comment section. I had no time to put up directions, but you have to enter the number into the field below it in order to post your comment. This is an anti-troll/spammer device. Thanks for your cooperation.

Posted by Andrea Harris at November 2, 2004 10:30 PM

Got it, Andrea.

Posted by: J F Beck at November 2, 2004 at 10:32 PM

Sounds good to me!

Posted by: BlogDog at November 2, 2004 at 10:32 PM

which of these is your phone number, andrea?

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at November 2, 2004 at 10:40 PM

Just got this from the something aweful site, an AWESOME name for a pet frog: Mr Hopkins

Posted by: Amos at November 2, 2004 at 10:52 PM

What, Miranda Divide doesn't know how to copy a number? You could have a point, come to think of it.

Posted by: Paul Zrimsek at November 2, 2004 at 11:43 PM

Cool! Down with trolls and spammers!

Posted by: The Real JeffS at November 3, 2004 at 12:14 AM

Does this posting scheme comply with the United Nations Human Rights Commission's guidelines on free speech?

Posted by: Some Seppo at November 3, 2004 at 12:20 AM

So far as I know this method works fine against automated content spammers but won't work against people who can read the content of the box (that includes trolls). Some comment systems will allow you to ban specific people based on email addresses or IP addresses, but people can easily use a fake address; and as for IP addresses, many users' IP addresses change with every session. (AOL users' IP addresses even change during a session). So this will help the content spammers (a plus), but otherwise you'll still need to be diligent.

Posted by: Frank at November 3, 2004 at 12:32 AM

Frank, I know what I have to do. Don't lecture me.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at November 3, 2004 at 12:40 AM

I think Frank is a troll.

Posted by: Uncle Bill at November 3, 2004 at 02:21 AM

If e'z a troll

   wharz 'is bridge?

Posted by: Billy Goat Gruff at November 3, 2004 at 04:01 AM