Dealing With Spam

Yes, blogs also attract spam and in fact thousands of unwanted “comments.” To combat it more effectively we are going to add an additional step to the comment process. We wish it wasn’t necessary, but it will lighten the moderating load for us and we will appreciate your help.

When you submit a post you will be asked to type in letters that you see. The automated “bots” that submit spam aren’t able to recognize the letters as the human eye can. Therefore it can’t submit the spam comment.

What is fascinating about the anti-spam technique is that you will actually be assisting Google in digitizing old books. When books are scanned, there are times when the words are not accurately scanned and it takes some human intervention. For those who want to read more you can click this link.

Google estimates it takes an additional 10 seconds to make the selection and we apologize for the inconvenience. We do however appreciate your help in eliminating spam comments. Also, don’t spend a lot of time trying to figure out the letters. Just make it your best guess and go for it. If the letters you type aren’t close enough, you will be asked to try again. Your comment is safe and won’t have to be reentered. Just try entering the letters again and likely by the second try you will be close enough.

Thank you.

Steve for the family

8 thoughts on “Dealing With Spam”

  1. Thanks so much for sharing that article. I had no idea I was actually doing something productive when typing in those little words! Learn something new every day!

  2. This is a fantastic idea! My sweetheart does IT for Dell (in the medical software practice), and I was telling him about it. In fact, I have forwarded your CCI website link to him, and he is most impressed! Apparently, this is attack on blogs is fairly common and just shows how Satan is working to undermine the work of the Lord. May God bless your ministry with continued foresight to enable you to continue your work.

    Happy 4th of July,


  3. Have you thought of setting up an RSS feed?
    We have a lot that are subscribed via RSS feed already.

  4. What a marvelous idea and an excellent way to serve humanity by working towards the digitization of all of those marvelous old books!

  5. Thank you for posting the link. The majority of the blogs I read, all 5 of them, have this in place and, like a sheep, I type in the letters. It is nice to know why I am doing that and how it is productive to do it.


  6. I don’t mind that extra step, but I admit, I often get the letters wrong 🙂 Sometimes I give up because I’m not getting it right. Let’s see if I can do it this time…

  7. Great to know the backgound to this tecnique- thanks!

    BTW, if folks have trouble reading the letters then there is no need to keep typing in what you *think* you see – you can simply keep pressing the icon with the two circular arrows until it gives you a word you can read. 🙂

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