Some time ago I started using a commenting system to cut down on the amount of spam I get. The problem is that was difficult for real people to use, for that matter it was difficult for me to use. and the result was that nobody was commenting much.
recently I switched back to the standard commenting system and decided to run some other filtering software that promises to catch the junk from all the forms on my site. Cool.
Is it working?
I guess so. I get more comments now, but there seems to be a certain amount of junk trickling through.
Sorry for the long preface, so here are my tips to follow if you want your comments to go directly to my spam box, and never see the light of day on my humble web page.
- Name. I want to know you really exist and have a human-sounding name. If you want to be flagged as a spammer, don’t include the real name of a human being in the name field. I don’t need company names, cutesy or fake code names, URL’s, IP addresses. All these are automatic spam to me, no matter if your comment sounds nice, or even flattering.
- Web page link. This is one field you can skip. In fact, if you do, I just may approve your comment, no matter if the other fields look fishy. Why? It means you aren’t pushing a visitor to a web site. You have no product to sell. No agenda to take advantage of readers of my web site. Trust me, if your link sounds like a tacky, useless, unrelated product… go directly to spam. Do not pass Go. Do not collect any of my web traffic. I click links, and if the page is spam, guess where your comment goes. If you say its related, but isn’t… spam. Do you have a blog or a personal site? Great, you’re in, even if your blog is unrelated.
- Email address. I can be forgiving for crazy sounding email names or domains, although if it looks like its blatantly fake, it may not be a deal-breaker, it will raise a flag of suspicion.
- Comment. Linking to web pages in the comments is a free pass to go directly to my spam box. The exception is if they indeed are related to my general topic of old-time radio, the theme of the particular radio program or episode. Broken English? No problem. As long as you use your real name, your URL is legitimate, and there is no reason a flag of suspicion has been raised. Did you leave a glowing comment of praise or controversy? Nice. But if your URL looks like spam, sorry. At worst I’ll send it to spam. At best I’ll post it, but with no links and a real human name that I make up.
Now you know.
Please world, drop me as many comments as you like. I love the feedback. It is a fun and free way to support me in producing content for the blog and podcast. Just remember my rules. Real (or real sounding) names, no bogus, or unrelated web site links whether in the URL field or in the comment section. If there’s no blatant fishiness going on, even if your grammar isn’t up to being impeccable, you’re in. Love a show? Hate one, or even me? Fine, tell me. I’m here to listen and offer a web page, blogging, and podcasting experience that you want. I know I can’t please everybody, but I try to respond to all requests.