Saturday, January 9, 2010
Yesterday a blogger named "WalkerBerk" posted a spam comment to my blog; a comment that was nothing more than links to an objectionable website. This morning when I discovered this, I took three steps:
i) I've deleted the comment from my blog. Sounds simple enough, but I felt sad as I did it. In almost a year and half of blogging I've never needed to moderate a comment before.
ii) I've reported the user to Blogger for spamming. I'm sure the user will be suspended, but I don't think that'll solve the problem. I imagine for every suspended account five new ones are opened the next day.
iii) I've enabled comment moderation on my blog. Going forward, if you are kind enough to comment, your comment will be published only after I review it. I'm sorry for this and wish it weren't necessary, but moderating comments is more palatable than allowing my blog to be used for distasteful and offensive spamming.
It's all very distressing, so instead, let's turn our attention to that lovely pile of Rowan Felted Tweed! It's destined to become a Cottage Garden sweater. Maybe as my Ravelympics project?