Everything in moderation

I’ve spent the entirety of the last 31 months with unmoderated comments on this site. There has been the occasional one that I’ve deleted because of offence or stepping over the line, and quite a few sporadic spam comments that have gone by the wayside. But in the main, I’ve welcomed the few comments I’ve received (917 undeleted comments from 797 posts).

However, recently I’ve resorted to pre-moderating comments. That means reading the comments before allowing to appear as part of the site. The reason is the recent arrival of a new spammer, one who doesn’t seem phased by the captcha.

This flummoxed Francis at first despite the instructional copy (the same comment coming through four times), so I’ve made it a little more obvious, adding a background image to the comment box on focus. I don’t think it works in IE, but hopefully it hammers home the message to Firefox users.


4 Responses to “Everything in moderation”

  1. Paul McM on February 13th, 2007 17:44

    I’m confused (nothing new there!). How can you have more undeleted comments than posts!

  2. Dan on February 13th, 2007 19:52

    Hi Paul,

    It’s simply a case of having more than one comment on a single post. So this, for instance, is the second comment on the post entitled “Everything in moderation”, so there will be two comments in response to one post.

    Hope this solves the confusion…


  3. Paul McM on February 15th, 2007 20:42

    Oh! I See. Thanks. Now there are three. Every day’s a school day!

  4. Tom Viner on March 16th, 2009 08:34

    When/where did the captcha go? Are you able to reveal your new protections?

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