Comment System Has Changed!


Quick note:  I’m testing out a no-moderation, no-captcha commenting policy on the blog.  I realize that captcha may be one of many reasons for low activity on blogs in general, so I wanted to see what would happen if I removed the barriers.

So, consider yourselves my guinea pigs!

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

8 thoughts on “Comment System Has Changed!

  1. I had to put moderation in play when I discovered links embedded in sentences ending with… The dots hid links. So seemingly innocent comments looked legit on the surface.

    Not sure If that is even done anymore since inbound/outbound links don't have the SEO juice they used to. Or so the SEO experts claim.

    Will be curious to see how it works for you.

    • There's also the fact that Blogger has a supposedly decent spam-catcher now. I've already had a spam post go straight to the spam folder. I didn't have to do anything.

      So we'll see. Thus far, I've had two comments…which I imagine were pretty easy for you and SparklingBlue to post šŸ˜›

  2. I've often given up on commenting because I couldn't get through the captcha. There's an extra layer of difficulty for me as I'm dyslexic.

    Moderation is another issue though. As well as catching the spam that bypasses the spam filter, it discourages people from breaking comment policies (because with no moderation, they get some time in the sun getting responses before they're deleted… with moderation, it goes nowhere, so they usually don't bother.)

    • Yeah. I don't much care for Captcha myself. It deters me from commenting too.

      Worst case right now: I go back to moderation, but leave the commenting system open. But so long as the spam filter keeps working and I don't have to delete comments by assholes for hours on end, I'll leave things as is.

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