By Vince – admin
Our blog has been under a massive robot spam comment attack over the last four days. We received, I estimate, 500 comments and all but a few were spam. These inundated my personal mail and attached themselves to a number of past blog entries. The response to yesterday’s announced New Policy regarding spam comments was an intensification of the attack. So, I have taken additional measures.
* New comments must now be approved before they are posted.
* A spam-detection and filtering engine is now in place.
* I have deleted hundred of comments in the blog that appeared to me to be spam, though many more probably still remain yet-undetected. I am continuing to review past comments and delete ones that seem to be spam.
Deleting spam entries requires judgment calls and my judgments may not have all been correct. When I see complementary comments about the blog, I often can’t tell if is a real person or a spam robot talking. I have deleted very many but not all general complements that could apply to any blog, comments like “Thank you for your good work. You have done a careful job in writing this blog and the information you have provided has been valuable for me.” Sometimes I saw a seemingly thoughtful comment, but then found that that the same comment appeared in several places. Only then did I know it was spam.
So I have to apologize first for any sincere user comments that I eliminated as spam, and second for all spam that I gave a pass to. If I spammed your sincere comment, please submit it again with a little more detail about the related post so I know it is real. If you recognize something you know is spam, let me know so I can zap it.