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Tightening Up Security for Comments

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As a supporter of free speech I hate to do this, but I’ve noticed more and more in-bound comments being made here on my site that are either determined spamming efforts or attempts at trying to provoke a response of some sort.  Additionally, I read a surprising EU court decision that stated websites are liable for users’ comments, which you can read the details of here.  Akismet has already filtered out almost 200 thousand of the most obvious spam comments as of this writing, but the spammers are getting ever more sophisticated.

Based upon these events, I’m tightening up the security for leaving comments here; you now have to login to WordPress, Twitter, or Facebook before submitting comments.  Sorry, but that’s the way it has to be.

36 thoughts on “Tightening Up Security for Comments

  1. Jay E.

    If you don’t do so already, I’d also suggest closing comments after a certain number of days. Some bloggers I know only leave comments open for a week or two; I leave mine open for a month as I know some of my regular readers have irregular schedules.

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Good suggestions.

      Prior to this post I had left comments open forever, as I often have new readers want to join in on old posts. But no longer; I have now adopted a 30-day open period for commenting as well. I’ve noticed that spammers will target the old posts for some reason, though their logic fails me.

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    2. Jay E.

      Until last week, I did the same thing. I had hundreds of spam comments per week. Now, I have a 32-day policy. We’ll see how that goes.

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    3. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      No, truly I cannot. Especially when I see that the spam filters have already dealt with almost two hundred thousand of them on this site, as of this writing — out-numbering real comments by over 10-to-1!

      If it weren’t for the spam filters, the only thing I’d be doing is deleting spam.

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  2. anitaozolins

    That is very disappointing you have to deal with such “security breeches’. Seriously, some people have nothing better to do than take you down. Rise above, be strong! And most importantly, keep writing! 🙂

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      That makes two of us, Julie.

      Just to be clear — the recent ruling affects only the European Union at this point, and doesn’t directly impact any laws there… yet.

      However, many of my readers are from the EU, and my concern is that I might somehow be found liable in the event someone from there took offense at a comment posted here by a spammer or a provocateur. Thus the enhanced security to make things even safer for my readers here, and to protect me as well.

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  3. Leanne Cole

    FAir enough too, I moderate all comments, so if they are ones that I don’t want they never get published. It was the best thing I ever did. The new thing I’m stopping is people adding their web address to their comment for me to go and take a look, like I don’t have enough to do already. I let the comment go, but I edit it to remove that part.

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Leanne, do you moderate each individual comment on your site? Or just the initial comment, which then allows the person commenting to become “trusted”, and then just keep a watchful eye on things?

      I ask because I normally moderate only the initial comment and trust that the person commenting will behave from that point forward; however, I recently found someone abusing that privilege, and I had to go back and remove all of their comments across my entire site.

      And like yourself, I’ve been removing web addresses from comments — unless they are pertinent to the comment thread, and even then I’ll check them out to make certain they aren’t spam.

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      As a result of the European Union ruling, I don’t know that we are specifically responsible for comments posted to websites here in the US, but I can see how someone from there might decide to make a case for it and challenge a US website owner in US courts while citing the EU ruling. International law as it pertains to the global Internet is not my strong suit, but I’d rather be safe than sorry.

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    2. JoHanna Massey

      I agree Mitch. Who wants to find themselves in the position of being the ‘test case” when what they thought they were doing was being fair about giving voice to others on their site.

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  4. narble

    This is another example of penisheads (no profanity there) making life more difficult for those of us who are free-spirited and free-minded. I applaud your diligence. I don’t mind the extra effort if it can make your life easier.

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  5. alex

    I very well understand and this is a major problem on the internet. I even do not allow any comment on my site and each of them has to be approved by myself. I guess this is nowadays the only way to get rid of these robots. It’s not funny but necessary. Best, Alex.

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