Monday, November 26, 2007

Blog-spamming: Is it a problem?

All bloggers have seen this picture when they want to comment on anothetr blog : An image of letters called "word verification" by Google and other service providers. The practice of is meant to stop "blog-spamming", i.e. automated insertion of spam by specialised search programs. Some people use this feature - some don't. I do. I have never seen any spam getting around it, but on the other hand I haven't seen much of it anywhere else either.

I have lately been involved in a discussion about word verification: It complicates the process of commenting and may stop some people in making comments at all. Is this feature worth the cost?

My question is then: How large is the problem of blog-spamming?

10 comments:

Mike said...

I had a few spam comments about a month ago, something about Viagra, you know! I turned on the verification and then thought better of it and turned it off. Haven't had any since then.

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Kerri said...

I don't have word verification and I haven't had an spam comments that I can remember. It doesn't bother me to verify the letters when commenting on blogs that require verification.

Isadora said...

Never had a problem on the blog but massively so on the website. C'est la vie. Electrik junk mail.

hpy said...

I received spams about a year ago, then put on the letter verification, turned it off some time later and have had no spams since then. Jag tycker inte speciellt mycket om att skriva alla dessa bokstaver efter min kommentar.

RuneE said...

HPY: Jeg er ikke uenig - jeg skriver alltid feil første gangen! Jeg får vente litt til før jeg bestemmer meg.

hpy said...

Ta bort den bara - det gar ju alltid att satta den tillbaka om det borjar komma spam

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Ackworth Born said...

I've got verification on most of my blogs even though I do sometimes dislike it - the problem with blogger is the fonts are often very hard to read and it is easy to mistype.

The essential for me is to have email notification so if a bothersome comment gets through it can be quickly deleted.

- second attempt - there I thought the word was easy to read but I've just had my comment rejected and asked to retype the word-veri..!

third attempt!

I don't believe this - I'm sure I was especially careful to type the letters correctly last time

attempt four [I'm also copying the comment so I can repaste it if it gets lost.

RuneE said...

Looks like Ackworth Born has very good arguments for having the letters removed!

sam said...

I had the verification on for a short while, but honestly, it is such a pain, and you are right, sometimes I just get put off commenting at all if i am under pressure and I have to go through that as well. I often find that, even if you are careful to get it right the first time, it makes you repeat, and by that time it is getting a tad frustrating! So I turned mine off. I have been blogging just over a year, and in that time I have only received 3 spam comments, which is a small price to pay for the daily convenience it gives my readers!

RuneE said...

I may turn it off for a period - just as a test.