Monday, April 9, 2018

Comment policy change


A number of readers have complained that verification on comments (at present, Google uses image recognition) has become ridiculously onerous.  That's outside my control, unless I stop using it;  so let's run an experiment.

I've switched off verification for comments, but also switched off anonymous comments.  That means, if you want to leave a comment, you'll have to be signed in with a Google account or OpenID.  I hope that will prevent a surge of spam comments (which is why I implemented verification in the first place;  however, a few still got through, even with verification enabled).

Let's try it that way for a few days.  If it works, great.  If not, or if spam comments become too much, then I'll have to think of something else.

Peter

12 comments:

Skip said...

Can you see me now...heh.

Borepatch said...

That's what I did back in 2013. Spam comments dropped from 200-300/day to basically none.

I'd think this should work for you.

Old NFO said...

Sigh... Here we go again...

Joseph Bridges said...

Sounds like a deal...

Rob said...

What ever works best.

MrGarabaldi said...

Hey Peter;

Can you see me now??LOL

What a pain in the ass, between the storefronts, cars,bridges and signs to leave a post.....sheesh

Unknown said...

And now for a post so that I can find out who I am. Hey ... you could make a movie subplot out of this ...

Jon said...

I have not had the image verification in awhile. Not sure why, probably because my google account has two-factor auth on it.

Sam L. said...

Fortunately I have a Google ID, though for a while, I couldn't use it on Don Surber's blog. Google cancelled my e-mail addy, and I had to make up a new one.

Paul said...

Cool. Captcha or whatever is always double or triple prompting me. Have a heck of a time decoding the image for some reason.

Thanks

froginblender said...

The last few comments I left on this blog, I no longer had to solve any puzzles, clicking on "I'm not a robot" was enough. This was regardless of whether I signed under my Google account pseudonym or as Anonymous. It probably helps that I'm signed into Gmail in another browser tab. I don't have "two-factor authentification" activated, however.

In any case, Peter, just do what's most convenient for you.

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