There has been an issue lately on the site with spammers getting through blogspots defenses. We all have seen them, and they are very annoying.


So there are a couple options that I thought I would put out for the readers here, since in reality, its you that will be affected.


1.Anyone - includes Anonymous Users (this is what we have now)
2.Registered User - includes OpenID
3.User with Google Accounts
4.Only members of this blog
5.Word Verification (I am leaning towards this)

Or finally
6.No changes and we will just deal with it

Let me know what option you like and why, all opinions count. If it really comes down to it, we will run a poll of some sort, but I think a quick discussion can solve it.

127 Comments:

  1. I hope blogspot is able to fix this issue. If not its not that annoying to just scroll past the adverts. If it continues being a problem I think word verification is the way to go.

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  2. Has this only recently been a problem? I've seen the spam, but I'm doing my best to just ignore it at the moment. I certainly don't mind it being only registered users, but I really wouldn't like it to have to come to that. Also, I find that word verification can be pretty annoying on a mobile.

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    1. I say root out the mole and public execution....haha!!!

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    2. Word verification sounds good

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    3. I 2nd Word Verification.

      I'm not a computer expert. Forgive my ignorance here. IF by "registered users" it means followers only I would go for that. In fact, I might do that myself.

      It's not as if you become less anonymous by having a name and a picture.

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    4. Seriously does anybody know my name? Address? My friends? My family? What colour undies I'm wearing?

      No

      I'm not actually a wolf named Mr Grumpy.

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    5. Name is Mr. (obvously)
      Yes, but wont post it
      No friends after all ur too grumpy
      Mr and Mrs Angry seems like perfect parents
      it was pink yesterday, and a very bright violet purple today

      Sorry, I just couldnt help it.

      but yes I do understand the point. Sorry for the dry humor.

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    6. Your undies are red mr grumpy. Your not a wolf called mr grumpy :O My life is a lie.

      Angron Lord of the Red Sands

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  3. 3, Google Accounts, and 5, Word verification should be the best one

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  4. No changes. Don't care. I'm here for the articles and news, and do not read the comments.

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    1. in which case why would you care if they changed how the comments work one way or the other?

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  5. To be honest, I can deal with it. While it could be nice to not have Spam comments, I come here for the fine articles! I don't know much about 'word verification' but it'd be a shame to limit who may comment

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    1. Word verification, is just a type the word you see. I have it on my blog(shamless plug) www.miniapocalypse.com and it works great.

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    2. Oh THAT thing! Blonde moment... I'm not a huge fan to be honest.

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    3. The problem is that it can get worse. Now most of us can deal with, but it can gat to a point where it's difficult to truly know where's a honest person that wants to show you his army, and where's the leech making profit of another's blog.

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    4. If someone wanted to show their blog properly then I'd expect them to contact Natfka and ask to be part of the blog exchange

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  6. Google account would be okay with me. Word verification helps but can also keep people off because those things are a pain to read sometimes.

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  7. I tend to skim through the comments but I actually haven't been noticing any issues that you're referring to. I have no problem with how things are now but google accounts or word verification sounds good to me if a change is to be made. The word verification may be annoying at first but given it will solve an issue and is better than people making google accounts just to post I think that would be best.

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  8. I love anonymous comments. Sometimes they hold great value! :D Grant

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  9. I vote 3 or 5. Google is easy enough, although requires me to sign in. Word verification is a nice alternative, although can be touchy at times.

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  10. I mailed this to natfka already but word verification would make an already difficult time posting from my android phone impossible! Also sent him a snippet on news about squats. Dunno if he will post it, but its not the use anyone probably wants to hear.

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    1. I've noticed the same problem with my iPhone.

      When you try to do a word verification, the keyboard comes up & obscures the verification words entirely, making it really tough to get a post in.

      Personally it hasn't bothered me all that much. I've only noticed it two or three times, so my vote would be for no change, and delete them like you would any other spammer.

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    2. I'm on this all day with my android htc1x, never had a problem.

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    3. I hope he posts your Squat News! I am a huge fan and would love to see them become official again.

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    4. As i say, its not good news at all, more like the final nail in the proverbial oversized bearded coffin! :(

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    5. I thought you said it wasn't good news?

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  11. I say just leave it as is...I mean has really become THAT annoying? Perhaps I'm just used to the comment spam?

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  12. No changes oh and where are my Dark Angel jet bike

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  13. 3 Google accounts. I tend to hate the word verification.

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  14. captcha stuff sucks, please don't make me squint and type nonsense which is probably incorrect just to post a comment :/
    i'd do the google account thing, i'm just lazy and don't want to sign up for/in to anything.

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  15. Spam on the internet is like taxes have to deal with it every day I have not seen a lot on this site tho

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  16. I dont realy care because the spambots are plain obvious and thus I can avoid to read them. Captcha can be annoying though.

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  17. It doesn't really bother me but if I had to chose one I think word verification is the least restrictive. It may be a pain on an android but I manage to muddle through it and I would rather that then have to sign up somewhere.

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  18. discuss is my preferred platform - I could never be bothered to set up an account for your site's comments Natfka (no offense - I love your site)

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    1. I also recommend disqus, at least it is the same platform as Bols, could be useful.

      Rickyard

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  19. I vote no change. The spam isn't that bad, and the easy just pop in and post is noice.

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    1. That's cause you aint cleanin up the poop

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  20. 6 - I vote for leaving it as is. It's not a huge problem for me, and captcha is really more annoying than those spammers.

    Also, internet teaches us hard way: deal-with-it-way. :/

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  21. I really don't like the spam, but i think we could just ignore it. All the other options would probably just discourage actual people from commenting. If we decide that we want to do something other than ignore it, I would say either a google account or word verification. Too bad there isn't an option for users to flag as spam though.

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  22. I think the word verification thing turns a lot of people off myself included at times.

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  23. Word verification gets annoying honestly. I dont have time to figure out those alien symbols!

    The flow goes better without.

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  24. Don't care, I hate logins.

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  26. No changes. Some of the other comments from anon and named accounts are spam. ;) so changes change nothing.

    BellumVinco

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    1. I like to troll Belly too much. It's interesting to have him guess how many people are trolling him.

      Verification plz.

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    2. Him? Bet you didn't know we were multiple anons. Who's trolling who now anon? Who's trolling who now.

      BellumVinco

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    3. Do you know why they fall it the Xbox 360?...
      cus u get mad, do a 360 and walk away from it.

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    4. But if you were to do a 360 you'd just walk straight back in to it...

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  27. I vote no change. The spam can be annoying but if you want to avoid it come to my blog here... Just Kidding! The spam is dealt by people here with good humor. It isnt too bad. I dont like having to login because I access your blog from my phone and computer. I dont want to have to log in each time to post. And word verification can be more annoying than the actual spam. All in all, it is your blog. Do whatever you feel is best to protect it and we will adjust.

    WG Dan

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  28. Some sort of signing in option. Anonymous comments are cowardly anyhow.

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    1. Say that to my face.

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    2. Not all Anon comments are cowardly, some of us just don't want to go through a bunch of sign in bullshit just to post a quick snippet of an opinion. I vote keep it the same, it's easy to scroll past the spam.

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    1. I can't decide between those two...

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  30. I prefer "6. No Change" or "5. Word Verification"

    I like posting anonymously without having to sign in. And personally, I just ignore spam comments. It's rather easy to do.

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  31. 5 Word verification. It's on everything and not that big of a deal.

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  32. Members of the blog, with some sort of captcha and email based validation.

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  33. option 3 I think works best. I dont mind the captcha but I guess there are some people who do.

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  34. 3 or 5 although i have not noticed a big issue but i tend not to check all the comments.

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  35. It's funny how this seems to be the one article immune to the spambots comments xD

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  36. I have trouble with Captcha or whatever its called on my phone, which is where I do most of my commenting from. I know that sometimes Anons confirm rumors, but they also do the most crap talk as well. I say get rid of Anons.

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  37. im for 1 or 6, i would not post if any other of the options were used(well mabey word verification, but i wouldent post as much).

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  38. Word if necessary but most restrictions are more annoying than the spam.

    Anon :P
    (Dave)

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    1. NAH just kidding.

      Anon :P
      (Dave)

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    2. We're ALL kidding!

      Anon :P
      (Dave)

      PS: Dave? Dave's not here!

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    3. Everybody's dead Dave...

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  39. I gotta say, I enjoy the instant-anon comment. It lets me plop down an interesting idea or retort to someone's comment instantly, something I wouldn't really care to do if I had to register and all that. I think I registered like 20 accounts on BOLS because I never bother to remember my info so every now and then when I MUST make a comment, BAM, new account.
    Plus, you get to have a bit of fun posting as anon.
    The verification is definitely the way to go. These comment sections are now fast paced or ever have real time conversations so it's not a huge burden on the commenter and should get rid of all the spambots. Though, spam done by hand by nigerian princes with tons of inheritance money left for you will still get through.

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    1. To avoid having multiple accounts we have google account, but i think that, as most of us use Bols too, disqus should be nice.

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  40. Word Verification if you post more than a certain amount of times on a thread?

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  41. Word verification - but only for anonymous users?

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  42. I'd be interested in word verification, I very much appreciate that, unlike many other wargaming blogs, you allow for Anonymous commenting as I believe it allows people to much more easily get involved in the discussion (and have their views respected for what they are, not who they come from).

    But realistically, so long as we are able to post anonymously, there's a big hole for spammers to get in, so I would like to see the word verification applied at least to Anonymous posts.

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  43. Only allow posts from registered users, That should solve it

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  44. Whenever I post it never shows up.

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  45. Do what you feel is best Natfka.

    Bellumvinco

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  46. I enjoy reading blog. I smoke cigarette, you do to. Please smoke together here at my bl... Okay I'll stop now. I'm not a huge fan of verification but it seems the best choice.

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  47. 62 posts and counting. No spam. Over reaction?

    BenDover

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    1. You can't predict spammers. One moment its quiet the next Boom! Spamalot. More likely this is the calm before the storm.

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  48. How many times does spamming occure, because I'm a regular reader of the your blog and I can't remember a single Spam?
    It's your blog natfka, do as you see fit! But a less restrictiv way is the best, imho.

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    1. Seems to be just happening now but Nafka is right to be concerned as even though it is not much of a problem ATM, once you get spam, it can take over a forum or blog at any time and be a nightmare to deal with if you don't squash it as soon as.

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  50. Not all Anons are spamming, to restrict who can comment or what people have to do to be able to comment will just stop people from commenting, and they won't all be spammers. Some people don't want to have to sign in every time they want to comment. I say leave it the way it is and people can scroll past the idiot spammers like the one above me. Don't silence a large portion of your followers just to stop a couple of spammers, after all there is a reason I come here instead of BoLS or other sites that have sign in requirements.

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    1. It seems to be mostly one type of spam. The "generic about your blog add some pictures blah blah blah check out my blog => RandomKeywords"
      If only there was a way to just block this bot.

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  51. I vote for ...Chaos!!

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  54. Lol /\/\ . Captcha sucks, but it works. I don't like logging in either, but I'll do it if I find the rare need to post something.

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  55. Leave it as is. Either that or word verification. Personally don't want to have to log on to a google account to comment.

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  56. I don't mind word verification that much, but if I can bypass that with my Google account, that would be the preferred option.

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  59. I hate word verification, and have a Google account. It's not hard, you pretty much stay logged in, so once youve posted, you're probably still logged in, even days later. ( Although I guess changing devices could screw that up, dunno, always browse this blog on my iPad...). Would take word verification over a site-specific login, but if we could have word verify if not Google, that would be my preference...

    And, oh yeah, posting Anonymously is cowardly, IMHO. if you're gonna say something, man-up and say it as yourself...

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  61. I'm for option 5 though I wouldn't mind if everything stayed as it is...

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  64. Having read through the comments, to start with looks like lots of people are saying leave it as it is and I would have agreed. Then I've just skimmed through the 6 odd spam messages from the same site and think that word verification is the best. Mind based on a case recently in the uk you could try sending them a bill
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  65. I'm no expert but all the spam posts seem very similar to each other, maybe there is a way to auto block their posts with a clever bit of script or something? If spontaneous commenting is your goal, I would keep it as unobtrusive as possible with a google login, if necessary. Word verification is easily enough to stop some people from commenting even though it seems like a small inconvenience. Definitely only on anons , too. This is just the beginning, so I hope we don't have to bust out the cyclonic torpedoes just yet.

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  66. Captcha is a hassle

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  68. Bring on the recaptcha.

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  69. I have to be frank I don't post a ton on here, I do more lurking than posting, but I really really hate the Catchpa stuff it slows one down a ton when you are trying to post a quick comment, I would be happiest if it was people just members of the blog, do away with all the "Anonymous" users that end up trolling and such, if you have the guts to post, then have the guts to post with your name.

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  70. Honestly, word verification seems to be the best way to go.

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  71. Registered only. Seriously anons, accounts are easy to make.

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  72. I'd say I like the idea of word verification IF you don't have an account. That way you can just post all you want with your account, or you can stay anonymous, but you have to verify you're not a bot.

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  73. I suggest 'registered-users-only'. It matters very little if you have google or blogger account. It is easy to make and easy to handle so any kind of moran can succeed with it.
    I have word verification for my blog but that's mainly because I have very few visitors so anonymous are as good commentors as any but in here you have almost one thousand followers only. If anonymous users can't write a one small insignificant stupid comment here, who cares?

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