Friday, February 12, 2010

Temporary Changes

I am not sure what has changed this week, but I have had to delete dozens and dozens of spam type comments from my posts.  It started when I had the title of one post as Harry Potter! and I wondered if that attracted an unwanted crowd.  However, since changing that title, I have still had many unsolicited comments living links to who knows what.

So....I have temporarily changed my comment status.  I now will not allow anonymous identification to comment (which I hope I can disable soon) and I am going to moderate all comments before they post.

It is my hope that this will ward off any future unwanted comments and I can return to my friendly-reader status.

Have any of you experienced this problem?  Do you have any other suggestions for me?

Thanks for your understanding in this matter!


14 comments:

Annette said...

Yes, I have to moderate all my comments. I do get spam, and some in foreign languages which I have no idea what they could be saying.

bermudaonion said...

I've been getting more spam than usual lately, too.

Diane said...

I also stopped allowing anonymous comments as well for the very same reason, and I moderate all comments, but do not use word verification. Since I changed, I have not has (1) spam message?

good luck!

Kaye said...

I also had to eliminate anonymous comments but will not put in word verification as that annoys me when I have to do it. I get e mail notifications when anyone posts so I can delete them fairly quickly as I check my e mail frequently. I put comment moderation in on posts over a week old. Since I eliminated anonymous, I have had only a few spam type posts but they have been easy enough to delete.

Lisa said...

I've been having a few of these lately; I'd shut off the anonymous feature except that's how my mom leaves comments so I don't want to shut her out.

Beth said...

Molly,

I am so sorry to hear that has been happening to you... it sounds very frustrating.

Sandy Nawrot said...

I've not had any spam (knock on wood) but I've seen alot of it on other blogs. You are not the only one. Do what you have to do. That stuff is so annoying!

Vivienne said...

I have only had the odd spam comment recently. I wonder if it does have something to do with more popular titled books.
You would think they had better things to do with there time.

Bibliolatrist said...

I've been hit with a ton of spam recently, in the form of links to shoe sales and whatnot...I had to enable comment moderation, which I hate to do, but hopefully I can return to normal soon. Blech!

Beth F said...

It's not HP -- I've been hit too. I thought about moderating and disabling anonymous comments. Instead, I'm moderating all comments to posts older than 14 days. That catches all but one or two spammers.

Nise' said...

Same for me as well, got hit with spam and now moderate comments. Almost afraid to quit moderating since it has worked so well!

ds said...

Do what you need to do. I've never "allowed" anonymous comments (too paranoid), but did add word verification after being hit with spam. It seems to have helped. Good luck!

nanscorner said...

I've also been getting more and more spam comments, but my spam filter has been catching them. I hope things calm down a bit soon with all the spam.

Jenners said...

I had to switch to no anonymous comments too for the same reason. It seemed to stop them so I hope it does the same for you.

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