I had to start using it all the time - too many crackpots.
Looks like I will be doing that for a bit. I know it aggravates some people though. When Stephen was blogging he wouldn't comment on any blog that had moderation or that "type in the number code" thing activated.
Michael, I got your comment. It showed up in the "awaiting moderation" section of the settings page on the blog. I released it and it duly moved over to the "published" section. But it is not showing up here on the blog. Georges, on the other hand, worked perfectly. I wonder if there is a problem between your blog program and blogger? If so I will just take the moderator thing off, I can delete things I don't want on here in a fairly timely manner anyway.
Its OK Harry, my last comment was still on your previous post and it posted alright. I see it there and received copy via email. Yes moderating can get a bit confusing at times, but we'll sort it out. No need to tolerate these screwballs venting their anger at the world. Apparently there are too many unstable characters out there with nothing better to do. This kind of stuff is what made me stop participating on Yael's blog for a while. Now I let my guard down and commented on a couple of her posts and it happens again. So moderating is about preserving a d protecting your readers as well. I have been moderating all comments to my blog since Gorges clued me in to it a couple of years ago. I was trying to see if in the settings there is a way to limit commenters to only those providing an email address or a blog but I don't see that option on the dashboard.
I looked in the wrong place, that's what it was. Seem to be working fine now.I think you can limit comments to google accounts. The problem is, I have some good, long time cronies who are way off the skyline. They will only comment as anonymous. Then they put their monikers in the text of their message. I know you've seen some of them here so you know what I mean. Alissa told me about comment moderation and I tried it, some time back. But then, there were several really good bloggers who said if I had comment moderation or that verification code thing, then they were out. Most of them have quit blogging since then all together, which is a shame because they were really interesting. Stephen, from Standing on the Outside Looking In, I think it was, is a great writer but he's not posted in a long time.I don't want anybody logging on here and having to look at some kind of obscene screed. I don't know how the German kid got through because the language should have gotten his comment hung up in the filter, but it didn't. Oh,well. It all works out.
Harry, I am thinking that the one that vented the vulgarities on your magazine spring post and today's freak were the same character. Too much coincidence to be two different trolls at the same time. The anger is the same. Last June they posted on Yael's blog as ADDY, EDDY, Aaron, Aron, and a couple other no doubt fictitious names, now they post as Sara Miller. They can't even keep straight what name they posted under previously. The raging anger is always there and later trip them selves up in further posts with the same theme and sentence structure including the same grammatical mistakes under a different name. Sara Miller never posted last June, yet today she openly avowed she had. Like I said it is not the name but the content of their message that betrays them. Definitely whoever it is has some serious psychological issues.
Michael is wright i noticed the same things but latyely i started to think that may be she is real (sara miller) and unswered her in my blog, i think i made a mistake by unswering her. i am so sorry that it all starts because you guys commented on my blog, being Israeli and jewish is the reason why those trolls are attacking me and people who comment on my blog.i shall understand if you stop commenting but i am not sure if the trolls will stop.
Harry, 8:30 am Monday.... Again confirming that they are one and the same, this morning Sara Miller sends a vulgar comment about my wife to my blog, using the same verbiage ADDY/EDDY/Aron did last June.
Maybe they should get a job or something, you think? Obviously too much time on their hands if all they have to do is hide out there in the ether and send trashy emails to people.
Yael, it will be a cold day in hell before anybody forces me to stop commenting on a blog I like. The worst thing anyone can try to do to a Southener is to try to intimidate him. They're wasting their time if they think that is going to happen. The only person who has a right to stop me commenting on your blog is you. ;-)
Yael, You know we gave you encouragement and support last summer when you were under attack from terrorist both physical and in the blogosphere. I am sorry to have to say this,but you know what you need to do to stop this stuff. You have the tools at your disposal. No need to repeat myself. If you allow this to continue you only will loose your followers for we will be unwilling to expose ourselves to this garbage. Harry, for now all anonymous messages except those you recognize as old friends are to be suspect. The one making reference to your IQ is the same mook as before.
Oh, darn. And here I thought I had a secret admirer!Michael, the trolls don't bother me that much, and personally I'm not going to quit reading anybody's blog for fear it may attract trolls to my blog. It's a pain in the derriere but I look at it as the price of doing business.Since I got the comment moderation process going, I think about all they can do is put facetious comments on here and I get a hoot out of that, to be honest. I can hardly believe there are grown men and women out there who don't have anything better to do than try to mess around with some old guys blog. Actually, it kind of validates me, in a way. And it also lets other people, who read my blog, see just what kind of intellectually and morally challenged people support the Palestinians. I dislike Islamic extremists but I despise the Western bleeding hearts who look on them as persecuted.
Harry - i hate comment moderation like nobody's tomorrow but i understand when people are being hit by trolls and or bots...then you have to turn the moderation on. so just do what you need to do to ensure that none of your unsuspecting readers comes here to read one of your excellent posts about survivalism and ends up shocked out of their minds by some nasty comment. we are all behind you!much love! your friend,kymber
Well, it seems to be working fine with people who use blogger, but it isn't working with Michael, whom I think uses a different program. I may have to take it off line. If I do , I guess it's ok since I check the blog a lot, at all hours of the day or night, and maybe the spam filter will still catch most of it. It's always something, isn't it? ;-)
Kymber, it's working. I was looking on the wrong post for Michael's comment.
buddy - i am so glad to hear it! much love, as always! and yes - you and me check our blogs and update them at weird hours! it IS always something!your friend,kymber
It's quiet at night, and I don't feel like I should be out working on the buildings or the property, so I don't feel guilty about spending time on the computer. Also, we both share a propensity for insomnia!
Hey Harry,(captaincrunch)This may not sound fair but this is one time I am glad I don't have a blog. They take too much maintenance and time that I don't have.I mention before in e-mail about getting another house (for a family member) and a large sum of money has been spent on high end rolling hurricane shutters (that can be rolled up or down from inside) a kinda armor plate. Very strong and Zombie proof. The shutters can be controlled from inside the house and can block out summer sun and cold winter wind. Hurricane season starts in June. I plan to ride out all but the worst Hurricanes. Casualties occur when everyone makes hasty (and sloppy) evacuations with the masses (Houston in September, 2005 with Hurricane Rita is the best example)
CC, I think that sounds like a good investment. I have big sheets of thick plywood I put up when we are expecting hurricane remnants to pass over us. When we get those high winds branches and limbs come flying through the air and crash into the buildings here. It's a little unnerving because you don't know when a full blown tree is going to come down on you, but at least the plywood prevents broken windows.Fleeing the coast before a hurricane is something I am familiar with. We had a big one come in when I was on Emerald Isle in the outer banks, and we had just had our daughter. I took my wife and the baby into the interior of the state, to Raleigh, and left them at a Holiday Inn. Then I went back thinking I would sit it out and try to "protect" our belongings. It didn't take me long to figure out that was a really bad idea, but unfortunately just about the time I decided to leave, so did all the other "bad headwork" people and the only way off the island was a two lane bridge. I developed a hearty respect for the "bug out early"philosophy after that experience.
Hey Harry,(captaincrunch)I left a comment and I guess it got stolen by a rogue ferret and carried to a hidey-hole somewhere???Speaking of Ferrets. We are waiting for you to get a full colony going 'Harry. I look forward to hearing about the latest ferret fiasco.
No, CC, it was just in the moderation folder. I released it as soon as I got up and had my coffee and turned on the computer.I keep meaning to go to Acworth and get some more ferrets. My daughter was going to bring me some but when she came down last month she brought those Silkie chickens instead! It's really criminal for me not to get off of top dead center and go get at least four ferrets that need a home. I admit I hate driving on the freeway and that's the main reason I haven't gone.
Mines not too bad at the moment - it seems to come in waves. Normally on my other blog as soon as I say something about roofing or tree work!
Kev, you are a pretty sedate person and I don't think I've ever seen you express a controversial position, I'm surprised you get that. But then, there are people who only get pleasure in life when they are being jackasses so I guess there's nothing really you can write about that doesn't give somebody an opening.
Harry - Apparently spam / trolls are "attracted" by clicking on the entry url on "traffic sources" links on your Blogger stats. This info is from http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/ when I posted the question on the Blogger Help forum last year when it appeared that my blog was a conduit for links to porn. He recommends NEVER clicking on those links. I haven't since then, and the porn traffic has dissipated. I have only had a handful of spam comments, which are 99.9% caught by my comment moderation for "posts older than 7 days".Hope this helps.
Dani, I don't think I have ever clicked on that, at least I don't remember doing it. That's in the "settings" right?
I always moderate but don't want to have the robot thing. Blogger put it on mine for awhile without my knowledge. I hope it is off. I don't mind a pre-read of comments, just in case.
Kathy, I don't mind using the moderation thing, but usually I don't have to because the spam filters catch all the jerk comments. They also get some good comments, though, and I have been lazy about checking that. My main thing is that so many people really don't like moderation so they just don't comment, and people's comments are about half the fun of blogging. But I've been reading your blog a long time, and nobody seems to be fussed about you using moderation.
Sara Miller and Aaron Levai (pseudos of course) are radical.left activists putting comments about a lot insignificant things and suddingly coming out with harsh comments. I crossed them some years ago and they are well known. They fight for an independant palestinian nation. She is quite young and he is the mentor ( in real life a university professor). Not easy to handle this on internet.I am sorry for my english and cannot.explain in detail . Regards Hanno
Why am I not surprised about one of them being a university professor? I'm no fan of Pol Pot or Chairman Mao but there's something the three of us can agree on. That's not really fair though, I had some great professors but they were mostly veterans.An independent Palestinian state would just give Hamas another base for lobbing rockets into Israel. If the Palestinians can ever get over themselves and start acting in their own best interest, which means giving Hamas a swift kick in the rear, then maybe it will be time to consider that. The Israeli Prime Minister was exactly right when he said now is not the time. President Barack Hussein can hold his breath til he turns blue and nothing is going to change that.Thanks for the comment, Hanno. Your english is probably better than mine. I speak "Southern".