What If Do Not See My Comment Published?

Brethren — we are still receiving hundreds of spam comments every day, and are using automated software to filter those so we don’t have to manually delete them. The problem with this is that a few comments written by real humans are being falsely identified as SPAM.

You recall our eventual solution to this problem is to require registration to comment on this website (a solution taken by many other similar sites). I don’t think that the default method of registration on the underlying software we are using is easy enough to use. I want to do some programming to simplify the process for those who write comment on this site. Unfortunately, my work on the new bookofconcord.org site has meant that my spare programming time has gone to that instead of letting me have time to work on this site.

I’ve added a notice above the comment field:

We are receiving hundreds of spam comments a day; if you have any problems getting comments posted to this site, please contact Norm Fisher. You do NOT have to give your real email; just tell me PLEASE if a comment you posted did not make it through to this site. It’s EASY for us to move a comment out of the spam folder; but it’s hard to search through hundreds of messages a day to find the few that are incorrectly labeled.

Unfortunately, since posting that, I’ve noticed a few comments written by people, at least one who posted multiple copies trying to get it to go through, but no one has emailed me telling me about it!

If you simply drop me a note saying your username, I can very easily pull the comment out of the spam filter and get it posted. You do not need to give up your true email address, simply put something like “[email protected]” and you can send it completely anonymously. Just write it fairly soon after you wrote the comment, OR tell me the “name” you used to write it, and your comment will magically appear on the site!

Thanks for your patience while we try to improve this site ..

Norm Fisher
BJS Technical Staff

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord, LCMSsermons.com, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at KNFA.net.

Comments

What If Do Not See My Comment Published? — 2 Comments

  1. How about using the technique of having to enter 4 or 5 randomly generated letters/digits which are shown as images which are nearly-impossible-for-an-automated-bot-to-decipher?

  2. There are several free CAPTCHA implementations available which might be an easy temporary solution until registration can be implemented.

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