Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Changes in Comments Policy

Spammers caused me to get a warning issued by Google last night.  The spammers had left spam comments on the blog so there are two things that I am changing:

1.  I will now delete comments.  In the past, in order to facilitate a good discussion, I never deleted a comment, regardless of content.  Now I will.  If it is a real comment, by a real person, and not a spam bot in the form of a Russian prostitute, I will leave it alone regardless of content.  If its spam, though, it is gone.

2.  You now have to have a Google ID to leave a comment.  I know that signing in is a hassle, but the alternative is that the blog gets shut down (either by Google or by me--I am not going to help spread filth).  So sign in and then post.  If you already have a Google ID this should be seamless.  If this doesn't work, I will increase the restrictiveness of the sign in requirement and make commentors join this site.  Its the only way to prevent some jackass from ruining the fun for everyone.

Sorry.  This is not what I wanted to do, but it looks like it is required.  I am very close to migrating the site off of Blogger as it is, and if I had the money I'd do it right now with a new redesign, but it is expensive.  My research showed that a custom site with a transporting of all the content would START at $3,000.  I don't have that right now.  Slowly, but surely.

And FUCK those people that ruined the fun for everyone. 

9/3/15  UPDATE: As you can see from below those increased precautions did not work.  So, all comments will be moderated by me and commentators will have to sign in.  If this doesn't work I don't know what to do.


  1. I missed the comments that caused this. Getting that google/youtube/gmail thing going takes no time at all. I prefer when people use their real names in comments, which will hopefully happen more if its linked to a 'life' account.

  2. That's unfortunate, but I think everyone who really wants to participate in the discussion will welcome a spam-free environment. I for one would have no problem at all joining the site separately from a Google sign-in.

  3. I think having commenters sign in is more than fair.

    Too bad the cost of migrating is so high - if I had more free time I would do it for you for free as a fun project (web app developer here). If I can free myself from other projects, I may do some research and shoot you an email.

  4. I don't really think this change will bother anyone who really wants to contribute.

  5. I would be happy to donate to the redesign/migration fund, if that were a thing you would consider.

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  7. I hate spam, so I'm happy to have it deleted. What was the benefit of leaving it up?

    1. The benefit was I could guarantee that no comment was ever deleted and thus the conversation was 100% unedited and "fair". I can't do that now but I will be very judicious in removing comments. Anything remotely not spammy will stay up.

  8. Sounds good. I wouldn't feel bad about it if I were you. Spam doesn't contribute to the conversation in any way.