Here’s just a sample of the plethora of ridiculousness I’ve received lately:
POSTED COMMENT: Energizer Bunny arrested, charged with battery POSTED BY: http://www.getlaidtonightinfo.com/
MY RESPONSE (in my head of course because I’d never respond to any of these spammers): Check out the URL link. Actually PLEASE don’t. Seriously people. What gives?!?!
POSTED COMMENT: Hi there, I found your site via Google while searching for herpes cures as well as your post looks quite interesting in my experience. POSTED BY: firstname.lastname@example.org
MY RESPONSE: Quite lovely. NOT! And way more info than I ever needed to know about email@example.com
POSTED COMMENT: The next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as much as this one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read, but I actually thought youd have something interesting to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you could fix if you werent too busy looking for attention. POSTED BY: Venzke@gxxx.com
MY RESPONSE: Jaw dropping, speechlessness. Good thing I have tough skin and am smart enough to know venzke@blah-blah-blah didn’t read one word I’ve ever written on this blog.
So what do you think? How do you manage/moderate comments on your blog? Do you use one of those fancy screen reader apps so only legit posters are welcome?
I moderate all comments and limit the time to post to two days. Now instead of 100’s of comments per post, I only have fifty or so. Much more manageable to weed through the SPAM.
I think I will keep this as a regular feature of the blog. It’s kind of fun to let my inner snark show just a teensy tiny bit. I’ll brainstorm a clever title for next time. Feel free to send me ideas. And I promise to approve legitimate comments. But remember – you only have two days. Starting now!!
Until next time… Happy writing and reading.