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Comment Filter Overactive

Filed under: Blogging Matters — Patterico @ 8:16 pm

Apologies to those of you who have left comments lately, only to see them disappear into the vortex of the Akismet spam filter. I try to check it, as an extraordinary number of comments get caught by it. But I have been quite busy lately.

It does make things a bit more difficult if you leave several copies of the comment, as I have to read each and try to determine if they are duplicates. Better to e-mail me and let me know it’s caught there, rather than leaving the same comment several more times.

If you are one of those people who leaves several links in a single comment, your comment is more likely to get trapped — especially if it has five links or more.

Again, apologies for the trouble. Commenting on a blog should not be frustrating, and I know it has been for some of you. I’m looking into a better way to do this. If anybody knows of one, be sure to let me know.

P.S. I welcome it if people want to leave comments with information relevant to the discussion, but I prefer that you not copy and paste entire articles and/or blog entries. Just leave the link. Lengthy cut and paste jobs, in addition to constituting a copyright violation, are unsightly and take up bandwidth. If we want to read your article, we will. If we don’t, we’ll skip over it. Please show some courtesy and just include the link and a short description or quote.

11 Responses to “Comment Filter Overactive”

  1. ah!

    Never mind then… :)

    I was wondering what I did to offend…

    Not that I didn’t think I did anything wrong, I just wanted to know what item from the list did it… šŸ˜‰

    Scott Jacobs (a1de9d)

  2. Leaving duplicate comments is a frequent sin of mine; i’m never quite sure if the comment vanished because it got swallowed by Akismet, or if it vanished because I forgot to hit ‘submit comment’. Plus, I have the soul of a QA engineer: I have to try it and see if I can reproduce. :)

    aphrael (9e8ccd)

  3. My problem is the soul of a mechanical engineer.

    When in doubt, produce a redundant article or auxillary use…

    Scott Jacobs (a1de9d)

  4. Taking lessons from Cap’n Ed and Jim Robinson re censorship, are we? Apology accepted.

    Petit Bourgeois (375601)

  5. You’ve got your hate all whipped up this morning, don’t you, Petit?

    Pablo (08e1e8)

  6. While I oppose capital punishment on principle, I might be willing to make an exception for spammers — which would mean you could dump the anti-spam filters and have the problem go away.

    Dana (556f76)

  7. Petit’s gut got a stick up his ass today, don’t he Pablo…

    He must be off his meds or something…

    Scott Jacobs (a1de9d)

  8. Is it just today?

    Patterico (eeb415)

  9. Comment problem over at Wizbang link

    jpm100 (a99bf7)

  10. Comment problem over at Wizbang too, if this helps:

    I believe this affects all Movable Type blogs (running version 3.2 and above of the software) unless they’ve disabled Spam Lookup (which is rare), so if you’ve got a Movable Type based installation open the SpamLookup Lookups module and remove from the list of services checked. Once you do that commenting should be much faster…

    I tried posting a link, but the comment didn’t post through.

    jpm100 (a99bf7)

  11. You raise an issue I’ve been wanting to know more about, since on my own blog I do a fair amount of cut-and-paste with interspersed comments of my own, similar to a conversation. At what point have I trespassed into copyright violation territory?

    Gregg Calkins (fdd559)

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