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Thanks for hanging in, gang. My new approach will be to leave the comment thread open until the next post appears, then starting a new thread with the following new post. From now on, QUICKNESS COUNTS.

Comments (12)

John Cox:

So...does this work for you guys?

Dr. Bob:

Ok, I'm a bit brain-damaged and it's getting late so I not sure what you mean exactly. Yes, I really am as dumb as I look.

Let me try to explain it back to see if I've got it.

You intend to leave a thread of comments open for a particular post until your next post, at which time the old comment thread will be closed and a new comment thread started on the new post.

In short, only one comment thread is open for comments at a time.

Which means the spamming will only go on the current thread so there's only one place to clean house.

My only problem is that there are times I don't get to the site every day and usually I don't get there until later evenings and frankly, by that time my creativity and brilliance is somewhat less than a burned out light bulb. So sometimes it takes a few days to come up with a comment.

Dr. Bob:

BTW, I like the insouciance toon, although I admit I had to look up insouciance.

So does one get a feeling of insouciance when one drinks too much souce?


"So does one get a feeling of insouciance when one drinks too much souce?"

Dunno, but I'm told I do a great FDR after 4 straight shots. I just don't remember doing it.


It's your site, boss. Like you, I'm tired of all the spam I see in the world every day. There's too much of it. It's like pieces of glass in my head all the time. *

I'd like to see the threads stay open for a few days--or maybe until they drop off the parent page; but if one day is the best way you can deal with them bad mens, I'm OK with it.

* Paraphrasing John Coffey from "The Green Mile"


I think you've got it, Dr. Bob. On all counts. Souce is nothing but trouble, etymologically speaking.

Clever solution, John! Hopefully, people will have enough time to comment.

btw, did the Captcha plugin not work well? You might still look into that at your leisure since it could relieve you from having to manually filter spam.

It might also be possible to automatically clean most of the existing spam from your blog since your spam has some semi-unique characteristics.


The other thing that would help is eliminating the URL blank.

Some bots look for that kind of thing specifically because spamming their address around increases their Google rank.

Doc Al:

Wife: Have you got anything without spam?

Waitress: Well, there's spam egg sausage and spam, that's not got much spam in it.

Wife: I don't want ANY spam!


@Mauser: actually, the url is part of what I would use to identify the spam, so it could be kept as a honeypot. :)

Most blogs (including John's) attach a rel="nofollow" attribute to comment links which specifically tells search engines not to add to their ranking, which means that the spammer is either indiscriminate or is hoping people will manually click on the link. Or it could be a liberal who is just trying to annoy us. :)

Waitress: Ma'am you are hysterical. I'll fetch you some spam to calm you down.

You raise very interesting questions, in particular the first part of question one. I’m not sure that I have any answers either but I do have my opinions. As far as what makes a difference between a webpage and a blog, I don’t think there is a difference, but I also think it is wrong to compare them side by side. I think it would be more correct to say that “webpage” would be more of a category that a blog would fall into. In other words, there are many types of webpages, a blog being one of the types.

John Cox:


You got it. Basically a 24-hr window to leave a comment, then it shuts.

Let's see what happens....

great, this is absolutely a good news from this site.


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