Okay not really. I’ve got a virtual brigade of anti-spam plugins, strategically deployed to zap that crap.
That Gini Dietrich is always making me think. (Hate that.) After her post on moderating blog comments, I unmoderated my blog. Since then I added more layers of spam protection, Raven’s Ant-Spam and have now switched to GrowMap Anti Spambot Plugin thanks to smarty cat Marcus Sheridan.
After a few months I can report totally unscientific, statistucally invalid, not verified true success. More comments, more discussion and hardly a single spammy link bait comment has slipped through the cracks. Easy to mark as spam, blacklist, move on.
All things in Moderation?
The other day I commented on a post, correctly using James Bond’s decoder ring, a magnifiying glass, and a TNG universal translator to solve the captcha, only to see “Moderation Hold.” Head, meet desk.
“Nothing about the words ‘Your comment is awaiting moderation’ encourages a reader to comment more. Nothing.” –Mack Collier on getting more blog comments.
Couldn’t agree more Mack. I’m impatient, I hate seeing that on other blogs so I don’t know why I left it on my own for so long.
It is about the Now.
I get why bloggers moderate comments: protect the blog, can spam, prevent zany attacks or violations of the comment policy. Plenty of logic to it and yet, it’s not for me.
The conversation is what matters. I can see why people like the Livefyre and Disqus comment systems. The ease of login, reply subscriptions, the real-time updates that help keep the discussion alive and flowing.
Here to day and gone tomorrow, so many blogs out there; that conversation usually only lasts for a short while. That is another reason I don’t post daily, to give people and myself time to catch up.
My comment policy still stands and I WILL moderate comments:
• Delete any spam that gets through: bogus ecommerce marketing sites, randomly generic compliment spam just looking for some SEO love.
• Delete off topic nonsense, trolls and flash mobs, spammy linkbacks for penis enhancements or cheap weight loss drugs.
• Moderate or delete “attacks” if they go too far off topic, get too personal, too offensive.
Sure I am tempting fate with my linkbaity headline but for now, let’s see what happens. Do you hold comments for moderation? Why or why not?
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