Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sunday Salon - I Hate Anonymous


Not too long ago, I changed the settings on my blog and removed the Captcha aggravation, which I actually didn't even know was there.
Honestly.
I've struggled with other blogs with the same format and silently gritted my teeth as I typed, re-typed and sometimes even re-typed for the third time, trying to get the stupid characters just right so that my comment would be published on said blog.  
There were times I even gave up and didn't comment at all...that's how much experience I've had on that end of Captcha.

I even remember a time when a blogging friend began talking about Captcha and even Tweeting about it, encouraging those with it to take it off.  I now wonder if maybe she was talking about me.  I was so oblivious that I probably even "liked" or "favorited" some of her Tweets, all the while still forcing others to go through the same ridiculousness any time they wanted to comment on my posts.

Finally a month or so ago, another blogger mentioned it to me head on in a comment.  And, then another frequent commenter also piggybacked the first comment with her own observations about the difficulties she had experienced with the Captcha setting when trying to comment on my posts.

I felt like such a goob.

I immediately changed my settings to comment moderation instead of forcing commenters to go through the torture of Captcha.

The comment moderation process is seamless and easy to use.
However...

I.
Hate.
Anonymous.



I didn't know Anonymous when I used Captcha because along with some of my friendly commenters, Captch kept Anonymous out.

Now Anonymous drives me crazy.  Anonymous can't comment on my posts, of course, because I simply mark it as SPAM and it's deleted.  But, Anonymous has got to be the most persistent, aggravating, pain in my butt poster ever.  
I get a notification of a comment; I get all excited to see who it is and what she has said...only to open the dang email and find out it's Anonymous again.
and Again.
and Again.

Anonymous even tries to post comments to older posts...that part freaks me out a little.  Leave my little blog alone, Anonymous.  I don't like you, I don't want to talk to you, and I'm never going to publish you, so take your little sales pitches somewhere else, and leave me and my little blog alone.  

So there.


33 comments:

  1. I hear you. I get a lot of anonymous commenters. And while it's a little frustrating, I'll take them. As long as they're polite comments, of course. See you this week! :)

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    1. I guess I should clarify, Melanie, that the Anonymous commenters I'm talking about are actually SPAM. :( HATE them!

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  2. You can block anonymous and not accept his/her posts. I finally did it even though I lost some honest commenters. It was driving me crazy to moderate all that spam. Now my spam is really limited,

    If you go into settings, then posts and comments and indicate "only registered users" anonymous can't comment.

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    1. Oh my gosh, thank you so much, Patty!!!! Doing it right now!!

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    2. I've been having this problem also and it was on older posts so I was changing the settings to not allow comments. This is a great idea to block anonymous! I'm going to do this as well.

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  3. I had been allowing anonymous comments strictly so my mom could leave comments on my blog without having to remember yet another user name and password. However, just yesterday I disallowed anon comments because I was getting inundated with them (a few hundred every week). And for the last two weeks, they've taken a nastily crude & salacious tone. Ugh!

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    1. I've had a few of those nasty ones too :( It just made me feel creepy!!

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  4. I was getting hit by 'anonymous' and their incessant spam comments up to seventy times a day, mostly on one completely random post from aaaages ago - and a good chunk of them were starting to get through Blogger's filter and actually be posted. I recently switched so that anonymous folks can no longer comment, so I'm hoping that when I return to my junk folder it will be blissfully free of those eight bajillion spam messages I've come to expect! :)

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    1. I was marking them with SPAM, thinking that they would eventually be stopped automatically, but no such luck. I finally couldn't stand it anymore!

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  5. Oh, I hear you! I hate the CAPTCHA phrases. THere have been times that I simply didn't post a comment because the Captchas were being such a pain.

    As for anonymous, here is what I do:
    1- I moderate my comments (you may already be doing this)
    2- I went into my settings and removed the option for anonymous comments. If someone wants to comment and doesn't have a blogger ID, they can use OpenID. The result...spam has stopped completely!

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    1. I did this just today, Melinda and Wallah! No more anonymous so far all day today! Thank heavens!!

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  6. Anonymous is kind of a jerk, and whoever cooked up those impossible to read Captcha phrases is just a meanie. I mean, I can abide word verification itself if I must, but the Captchas are just impossible to make out!

    I, too, totally hate that disappointment that follows when you get that e-mail notification of a comment only to find that it's some anonymous pitching me a sketchy link for shoes or something.

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    1. And the comments are so ridiculously irritating...it's obvious whoever is behind them tries to make them as personal as possible but still general enough to use them on various blogs. That in itself makes me highly suspicious of their intentions.

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  7. I feel the same way. I'd forgotten that you can block Anonymous comments, so I am happy that I stopped by. :)

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    1. I'm happy you stopped by as well, Suko! I had seen that setting but wasn't sure exactly who else it would keep out. I've had my first nice peaceful day since I blocked Anonymous this morning!

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  8. You're not the only one - I had Captcha on for months without realising it as you don't see it on your own blog.

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    1. I'm soooo glad I'm not the only one, Sam :)

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  9. I agree -- with everything you've said. I think I have it set that there's no captcha, anonymous can't comment, and comment moderation is on for comments more than 2 weeks old. That's stopped most of the spam and stops the aggravation of captcha. I'm soooooooooo sick of anonymous.

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    1. It was literally driving me crazy, Audra...I have enough in my inbox without a bunch of random anonymous comments throughout the day.

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  10. I get so irritated, I just want to reply to them once and say "bite me". Just to get the last word.

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  11. I try not to get too wound up about any of the comment issues -- I think everyone does what they need to do and that's okay by me. In your blog settings, you can indicate that only registered users can comment. That should take care of the anonymous problem. :)

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    1. I fixed it today, Nancy so now it doesn't bother me anymore :) I think you're right, though, everybody just has to do what works best for them. :)

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  12. Captcha is annoying. I have been noticing that I am getting a bit more spam than usual, maybe I have to adjust my settings.

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    1. I was getting way too much, Nise'. I just couldn't stand it anymore. So far, so good. I haven't gotten any more Anonymous comments since blocking yesterday :)

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  13. I am so glad Captcha is gone!! I'd have put up with it to post, but now I can be even more chatty! Anonymous, watch out!

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    1. I literally smacked myself in the head when I realized I had Captcha and didn't even realize it :/ I can't tell you how many times I've tried to post to other blogs and just gave up bc Captcha was so aggravating.

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  14. I hated Captcha as well; can't believe how difficult they would make it. I get the Anonymous poster all the time, but I must say, they've evolved to being much more polite than they used to be. Gotta love that auto-generating commenting, or whatever they do.

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    1. There were just so many of the Anonymous postings, Natalie. It just drove me bonkers. I guess Captcha had kept Anonymous out so long that Anonymous felt like it had to make up for lost time :/

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  15. As soon as you get rid of anoymous ( I'm pretty sure its quite easy to block anoymous comments) then I'm sure you're spam problem will melt away!

    Also, thanks for getting rid of CAPTCHA! I do a lot of blogging and, therefore meet A LOT of CAPTCHAs. I have had to start using CAPTCHA bypass software to prevent me from lobbing my laptop out of the window! I'm using one called Rumola at the moment which is great, just reads and fills in the CAPTCHAs for me. Bingo!

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    1. I felt so stupid when I realized I was putting people through the same process that drove me nuts :/ There's got to be a better way than CAPTCHA!

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