It is common for companies (who don’t comprehend a blog comment is akin to having a conversation) to hire people to write manual comments on blogs all over the place in the hope an unsuspecting reader will click to learn more about the company product.
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Despite my replacing Akismet with the Growmap Anti-Spam Plugin two months ago that requires commenters to check a box before submitting a comment, the plugin only prevents automatic comments and not manual comments. The above company can still promote their product or whatever they want as long as the box is checked.
In an effort to combat a rise in this manual spam, I am (re)introducing comment moderation which used to be in place here. Effective immediately, everyone’s first comment requires my approval. Subsequent comments should be automatically added. Italics are emphasized depending on the nature of subsequent comments; if they are viewed as spammy, they will be marked as such and removed from public view through either enhanced WordPress filters (some of which are already in place) or server blocking.
In the past, IP addresses from known spammers have been blocked from adding subsequent comments — but all it takes is a clever spammer to reboot his or her modem for that internet protocol address to change. As such, IP blocking will be observed over time.
In an argument to moderate comments, Rubab Saleem writes:
It is hard to recognize spam whether in URL or in IP. Comment spam has not only evolved from random words support each other but with a link with the “proper” anchor text to something that seems to be written by a human. Even if i know they are written by human i would be reluctant in approving those.
The future is unknown. For now, this blog’s comment policy has been edited to indicate comment moderation is in place. It is my hope that through a combination of GASP, WordPress filters, and IP observation over time, only comments that are true comments (and, yes, that is subjective) will appear and everything else will not.