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the film criticism aspect of cyber | by maryann johanson

I don’t like spam!

LAST UPDATE (I HOPE): And now commenting is working in Safari, at least for me. Seems like a restart of the browser did the trick. And I hear from a friend using IE on a PC that commenting is working okay.


UPDATED AGAIN: Okay, trying a new tack. I’ve installed a Movable Type plugin called CCode that does some magic to prevent spam from getting posted. It should work invisibly on the user’s end. I’ve tested it on the Mac in Opera and Firefox, and it works fine. It does not, however, work fine in Safari — I think it’s a Javascript problem, and I’m trying to figure out how to fix it. (If anyone out there understands Safari’s problems with Javascript, I’d appreciate a hand. You can email me at the usual place. )

Please let me know what kind of problems you run into, if any, on any platform — if you can’t post to this thread, you can email me.

Thanks for your patience while I deal with this.


UPDATE: Well, forcing a preview did absolutely zip — the spams keep coming. On to another solution.


FlickFilosopher.com has been under a massive comments-spam attack for the last week or so — I’m talking thousands and thousands of comments spams that have been able to bypass the filters I’ve got in place and get posted on the site. So, what I’ve done, in an attempt to reduce or eliminate this spam, is delete the “post” button on the initial comment form: now, you must preview your comment before posting it. I’m hoping this will deter the clearly automated systems that are responsible for this spam.

I realize that this may be an inconvenience for legitimate commenters, but I hope you’ll all find it a minor one. I’m desperately trying to avoid having to implement a registration system like TypeKey, or turning off comments entirely. But I cannot continue spending so much time deleting spam, and I’m worried about what kind of load it’s placing on my Web host.

Here’s hoping this little hack does the trick…



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  • Squashua

    You could add a simple or nigh complex CAPTCHA into the mix; something that confirms the total of 3 + 3.

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