Now this blog has a somewhat higher amount of visitors there is a time consuming problem rising.
It’s comment spam what I’m talking about. This is why I decided to test closing comments after a post has reached the age of 30 days. I’m not yet sure if I keep it this way but here is the upside:
Just after one day of implementing this restriction it’s amazing to see that there is nothing in the spam queue.
Usually I have to browse through page full of comments in the spam queue to sort out if there is a comment that landed there by accident or is considered spam because the commenter did not follow the commenting rules in the ToS of this website.
The most likely reason is almost every time a link in the comment itself. It is not allowed to put links into the comment. There are exception but as rule of thumb you can say if you are not Miguel Guerra, Joe or Piledriver you may not put links into the comment.
Even if you are the comment will end up in the ‘pending queue’ and has to be approved by me.
The reason that this 3 visitors above are exceptions of the rule is that they never link to anything unrelated and that they have very valuable comments for other readers.
However, it’s a pity if I trash a comment because it is between the tons of spam and it wasn’t spam at all. You can imagine that it is a extra workload to sort this things out every day. With this new restriction this belongs to the past.
If you like to comment on a post I have to ask you to do so within the 30 days window. I always got an e-mail when there is a new comment. If you comment for the first time it always has to be approved. After that your comments will be approved automatically what doesn’t mean that I do not screen them.
This is not to play the nanny over the commenter. I’m just curious what you have to say. All of you. Wouldn’t it be stupid if I hadn’t any interest in what you have to say at all?
If you have any questions you always can contact me via the contact form. I answer all of the time. In the end I’m really interested in what makes you tick.