May 022012
 

 

 

 

 

Over the last several months, I have received a number of comments on various posts in this blog. I know that that seems unlikely as you may not see many comments showing up. There are several reasons for this. The blog is set up for  comment moderation, meaning that I have to see and approve each comment submitted. For various reasons, I have not approved many of the comments I have received. I will explain why.

It’s difficult to know if anyone is actually reading this blog. I initially had Google analytics enabled for the site, but, for a number of reasons, I no longer use Google analytics. Thus, it may be that no one is reading what I have written. I would like to have some readers (and some interesting, thought-provoking discussions with readers), but I have made a conscious decision not to implement some of the various search engine optimization (SEO) strategies to make the blog show up more often in search engine results and hence get more traffic to the web site.

Based on the fact that I don’t know who’s reading each entry, I am left to judge whether any given comment submitted is a valid comment left by an interested reader or is simply spam sent as a mechanism to get a link embedded and hence enhance SEO for the commenter. In many cases, it is easy. Comments such as:

[…]Our list of top blogs & websites we found for you to visit[…]…

are obvious span and can be deleted without much thought.

Similarly, comments such as:

Great blog I am just taking in on motorbikes and this post really helped me out! I really appreciate the hard work.

Are also easily dismissed, particularly since I never talk about (for example) motorcycles.

Other comments are more difficult, although if I get more than one such as:

Your spot is valueble for me. Thanks!…

I know it’s not a legitimate comment. Misspellings also lead me to quickly delete the comment.

The comments I have trouble with (hint for spammers) are the ones that legitimately seem like they actually have something to do with the post. One example is:

I doubt anyone has read any of the oensivrs in their entirety. I also doubt anyone will. How is it that this is suddenly a crime against humanity? Complex bills are always hundreds of pages and they are never read by a single congressional member in their entirety nor do they need to be.Big Daddy: I think in your haste to complain about fdm you missed her point: If not reading the bill is bad why only complain about the Left when the Right are equally guilty? Its a fair point that you and the asker missed in your zeal to whine about the Dems. TYPICAL.

This has an air of legitimacy, although the poor spelling and grammar (What is an oensivr? Who is Big Daddy? Who is fdm?) make it suspect, as does the fact that it doesn’t seem to refer to anything I have written or to any of the preceding comments. My inclination is to delete such comments, although there is the nagging feeling that I may be cutting off an exchange of ideas that I think is worth having. Maybe the poster was responding to someone else’s blog?

So what would you say about the following?:

People, wake up before it gets worse.The Government is ticaheng you to blindly do whatever they tell you. They’re not profiling strangers, they’re shaking down citizens. America, America, what have you done you have elected the very people that are setting us up to fall. BHO was groomed for this time, his puppet-master is George Soros, Pres. Obama’s czars are stripping the greatness from our country and you are cheering them on; YOU ARE THE TRAITORS!!!

or

William, I would think you would know, first-hand, about people snepding their time and resources getting prepared. To be successful, that MUST come first. I don’t doubt that there are enough people ready to fight for this country, and I mean do what it takes. It’s difficult though, going thru the process waiting wondering when what next but I don’t doubt the resolve of the people I have met over the last few years. They aren’t going to go off, half cocked there’s too much at stake. There has been an awakening, and I think you’ll be pleased. If we stop tearing ourselves up over the primary process that will help, as anyone running against Obama would be better than him however, I don’t believe any of them can save us not without a major MAJOR focus on energy independence. A major effort in the energy sector, using all our resources to harvest our own oil and gas, and at the same time figuring out which renewable makes the most sense for us, that we can use, that we can export, is the only possible avenue I can fathom to save us from economic collapse. That means Barack Hussein Obama is OUT, come 2013 and he can take his Gestapo with him.

or

No they will not read it and no they did not read the patriot act ehiter that is the problem no one is reading the bill ehiter democrats or republicans. The staffers who are not elected are the only ones reading and writing the bills. They are making friends so when they are done being staffers they can make big bucks working in firms that get benefits from the bills they make. Vote out your senator if they have not read the bills.

Are any or all of these three legitimate? They don’t seem to address my blog posts, they seem more to address some else’s comment on someone else’s blog post.

Because of the spam problem in comments, here’s what I’m going to do with comment moderation.

First, if the comment doesn’t specifically mention something I have written about in the post the comment is responding to, or to something specific in a preceding comment, it will be marked as spam and deleted. Vague comments such as “good post”, “I have added you to my RSS reader”, “I like what you said”, or “this is very useful”, will be deleted.

Second, if the comment passes the first criterion and has an embedded link (either in the comment text or because the author entered something in the URL box), if the link doesn’t point to either a blog or something like a legitimate Facebook page, the link will be deleted before the comment is approved.

If your comment doesn’t show up and you think it should, get in touch with me via and we’ll discuss it.

 

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