Angry Bear switching to captcha temporarily if need be
Angry Bear comments has been switched to using the blogger word verification system until the spam aimed at us is controlled. Our counter shows over five thousand spams eliminated since Nov. 8th. We have avoided using the CAPTCHA filter because spam was at a relative nuisance level, but this period of time has seen a denial of service sort of bombardment. When it is sorted out or on our new wordpress platform I hope to return us to open comments. The convenience to readers is worth the effort.
Thanks to Bears (Bruce and me especially, but shoutout if I missed you…it is not as if we signed off on each one) for keeping the boards clear.
Update: I will try ‘registered users comment only’ first, so have switched off captacha, which I abhor after one use. Any other suggestions? Blogger support is not really available.
Update 2: I believe the robos have been tamed. Back to business for us all.
hard to say what one can do, dan; my link aggregation (globalglassonion) just gets legit comments once in a blue moon, and the spam plague hit me there too…so i switched to captcha and comment moderation, and even so the same pakistani attempted at least 20 posts selling lottery tickets, even though he could see his comments were never appearing on my blog…
I believe the robos have been tamed. Back to business.
Glad CAPTCHA is turned off! I like to browse blogs for interesting things to read but CAPTCHA is always a big turn off when it comes to commenting!
In fact, I find the damned things so hard to read I have started using a CAPTCHA bypass browser extension program called RUMOLA to enter them all for me! No eye or brain strain required 🙂
I think wordpress is a good idea, their spam filter is excellent, no need for CAPTCHA!