Thursday, November 10, 2005

Blogger Enables Comment Moderation

Blogger Enables
Comment Moderation.

If you have a Blogger blog, you now have a new defense against garbage comments:
Comment Moderation.

Add this new functionality to Email Comment Notification, the recent Word Verification system, and you have a blog hardened quite nicely against the foul epidemic of blog comment spam.

I will enable Comment Moderation on my Vaspers the Grate and Blog Core Values blogs for a short time, simply to check its usability. This will mean that your comments will not appear immediately, but most likely will appear the same day you enter them.

I don't have a big comment spam problem right now. Sporadic spam comments do appear once in a while, but they are swiftly spotted and eliminated, via Email Comments Notifications in my Gmail inbox, with a link to the exact post the spam was posted on. Very easy and efficient.

Comment Moderation is the extreme form of comment spam control. No comment by anybody appears on a blog until the blog author approves and accepts it. Abusive, stupid, OT (off topic), commercial hype, and spam comments are rejected and deleted forever.

If you have a Blogger blog, look into this. Comment Moderation is fully explained in the Blogger Dashboard.

Here is a small excerpt from this information:


How do I moderate comments on my blog?

The ability to moderate comments as they are added to your blog can be very handy in certain situations.

Perhaps you have very spirited discussions where tempers are prone to running a little high, or perhaps you just want to catch any comment spam before it reaches your page. Whatever your reasons, the comment moderation feature will let you view all comments before they appear on your blog, giving you a chance to approve or reject them as desired.

You can find the comment moderation setting on the Settings | Comments tab, along with all of the other comment settings. It's just a simple yes/no option.

Choosing "yes" drops down an email form. This lets you moderate comments via email without affecting your regular comment notification setting. It is optional, since you can always moderate comments through the Blogger interface.

So set the option to "yes," enter a notification address if desired, save the settings, and wait for your next comment. All incoming comments will now go to a special "Moderate Comments" page, which you can find under the Posting tab.

On this page, you will see a list of all the comments that have been created but have not yet been approved or rejected. (This list excludes any comments made by admin members of the blog.) By default, they will be sorted by the time they were created, but you can also group them by their respective posts, by clicking the "Post Name" sort option at the top.

Each line in the list displays the beginning of the comment, the author's name, and the time it was created. Clicking the triangle to the left will expand the row to show the full text of the comment, along with "Publish" and "Reject" links, which you can use to approve or disapprove the comment. You can also select multiple comments and publish or reject them all at once, by using the check boxes on the left hand side and the buttons at the top or bottom of the list.

This entire process can also be done via email. If you entered an email address for moderation, you will get a message for each comment which will contain "Publish" and "Reject" links, as well as a link to the main moderation page for the blog.


Go read the entire article in the Blogger Dashboard.

If you have a lot of abusive or otherwise non-beneficial comments hitting your blog, consider Comment Moderation. It is the best solution, and I'm very happy to report yet another reason why...

Blogger Rules!!!

[signed] Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate



Disgruntled Car Salesman said...

Some anon posted a comment on my blog that had little, if anything, to do with the topic. The name of the person in question in said topic was mentioned, which leads me to believe that it was a new form of comment spam. I re-posted after deleting the annoying comment spam, a new form of annoying comment spam.

The rebuttle to the comment spam, I think you find it as an enjoyable means to comment moderation...

"Although I encourage posting on this site, I must comment on the anon poster trying to plug a website... "The Onion" letters policy puts it best...

"The Onion neither publishes nor accepts letters from its readers. It is The Onions editorial policy that the readers should have no voice whatsoever and The Onion newspaper shall be solely a one-way conduit of information. The editorial page is reserved for the exclusive use of the newspaper staff to advance whatever opinion or agenda it sees fit, or, in certain cases, for paid advertorials by the business community." Passed by a majority of The Onion editorial board, March 17, 1873.

I.E. Do not post anon on this site, and then try to post your bs "advertorial" as you are not a part of the paying business community. I am going to delete your post following this one..."

-posted today in response to new annoying comment spam, ripped from The Onion

On a completely unrelated topic, I read in your side bar that you do work for the Boy Scouts of America. I myself am an Eagle Scout. Yes, I know that is hard to believe, but very true. Thanks for your work. I like you more the more I learn about you Vaspers.

steven edward streight said...

Art Forum is my favorite art magazine, but the editors need to wake the F up and do some ass kicking in terms of comment spammers.

I emailed the Art Forum editors, like a year or more ago. I was posting comments, mostly digital art questions, on a reader talkback type blogoid forum.

My comments were followed by Cut 'n' Paste comment spam: the spammers were just copying any text anywhere, song lyrics or news items or literary reviews, at random, then pasting it into the forum, with some URL added to the end of the message.

The "advertorial" crap comment.

I have emailed A list bloggers so-called about spam comments in their blogs, and most of the retards just give me lame excuses about how busy they are.

They're not "too busy" to run around at blog conferences, at which they learn nothing.

BSA rules. I feel great pity for any guy who did not join Scouting. Scouts are in a whole other league from civilians. You can spot a guy who was never a Scout. They have certain deficiencies and such. Y'know?

Improving the WD Boyce site has been a long, slow process, and it still needs a lot of work. But we're trying to swim through the details and bureaucracy.

I made it to First Class Scout, with Polar Bear badge, and Order of the Arrow. Mystical and powerful, the BSA.

Disgruntled Car Salesman said...

Polar Bear, Order of the Arrow - Brotherhood level, 97 Jamboree, 98 NOAC, many more awards/accolades and the best patch trader around. I've got a nice collection.

steven edward streight said...

The history of Scouting is very interesting, the story of the two rival organizations in America, who W.D. Boyce was, the innovation and genius that spawned the whole BSA.