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Friday, August 19, 2005



Blogger Fighting Comment Spam


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(Blogger Buzz) We've just introduced the option to require word verification for comments. This option (off by default) gives bloggers a tool to prevent the automatic creation of comments by nefarious ne'er-do-wells (e.g. spammers).

This feature for Blogger.com has been long overdue as comment spam has been one of the greatest problems throughout the blogosphere. Previously criticized by The Blog Herald for creating features that would make it easier for spam blogs (also known as splogs) to fill the blogosphere with annoying ad links, Blogger seems to be declaring war on blog spamming by making it harder for splogs to operate by installing captcha features within the comment section.


What this does is to prevent automated systems from adding comments to your blog, since it takes a human being to read the word and pass this step. If you've ever received a comment that looked like an advertisement or a random link to an unrelated site, then you've encountered comment spam. (Source)

Features like these will enable blogspot users who have previously closed off comments to outsiders (or shut them down entirely) due to spamming to "re-open" them to the public once again. Although blogs have a long way to go in the war against comment spam, Blogger.com seems to be leading the way by introducing another feature which will enable users to "flag blogger" whenever they encounter an objectionable blogsite (another great way to reduce the splogosphere).



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