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Goodbye, Yuri!

I try to keep a pretty open mind about people commenting on my blog.  If they make it past the excellent spam blocker (which has nearly 500 kills on my blog so far, and I never even have to look at them), I take a careful, measured look before I mark a comment as spam.

For instance, on one of my posts that had virtually no information, but was just me rambling about something, I got a comment about how my post had helped the commenter finish her paper for college.  Wow, what a good deed I did, writing that post!  Except… there was nothing in that post that would have helped anybody do anything, and she had helpfully included a link to some site that was selling something.  Ha ha ha… off to the spam folder it went.

I’ve gotten a couple of comments that have made no pretenses.  Just basically, “Get a loan at this link.”  Uh… no thanks, and I don’t want to pass on your link to others, either.  Off to the spam folder.

On a few others, I’ve gotten comments that have talked about the subject in the post, but the name links to some site selling something.  Okay, I look at these more carefully.  If it looks like it might be genuine, I’ll usually remove the link and post the comment.  Besides, if it was a spammer, this would probably really irritate the spammer, if they ever came back to look, and that’s fine with me.

Occasionally, one will link to a site that actually looks “real”, you know, like a real business that actually sells real products or services and has a guarantee and all that…  and, after looking into it some, I just might leave the link in there, if it was a decent comment, and I think the site looks useful.  This is purely subjective, and just because you think your link is useful doesn’t mean I will.

Yuri got his foot in the door on my Independence Day post by thanking me for the information I had provided (in broken English, but his IP was in the Philippines, and I had had a visit from the Philippines).  I wondered if he was a spammer, but there was no link.  So I kept an open mind, and approved his comment.

Of course, I have my comments set up so that once I approve a comment from you, your comments will be posted without moderation, and Yuri took advantage of this.

Today, a week or so later, he came back to the same post and thanked me again for the information I had given.  Only this time, he provided a link.  His comment went live immediately, because I had approved his earlier comment.

So now both of his comments are unapproved and in the spam folder, and he’s blacklisted a couple of different ways.  Along with the people who wanted me to take out loans.  So now I’ll never even have to look at his spam comments again, because the spam blocker will take care of them.  That’s so satisfying.

Sorry, Yuri!  Okay, I’m really not.  I don’t like spam.


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2 Responses to “Goodbye, Yuri!”

  1. ladysown says:

    i don’t like spam either, so I’ve blocked comments on pages more than 3 weeks old. those seem to be the ones spammers hit. :)

    • Miss M says:

      ooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooh… I hadn’t noticed that. I’ll have to pay better attention. I might do that, too.

      That explains why I can comment on some of your posts, and not on others. :D