Comment Policy

One of the main drawbacks of having a fairly popular blog (that’s according to Google, not me) aside from getting comment spam is having troll spams. Troll spams are those who checks out your blog for high comment traffic then add self-serving comments promoting their own blogs, forums or website in the hope that traffic would precipitate down to their end.

Comments are good. In fact, I love comments. But if you leave a comment just to promote your blog or forum or website, expect that I will edit them or delete them. It’s my blog and I can do so whatever I wish of it.

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Duncan of Blog Herald quoted Paul Short of BlogLogic about his Comment Policy:

“I’m a complete and utter bastard, this is my freakin blog and before you comment you agree that I have the right to zap anything I feel is inappropriate, because you do not have the right to take me down by posting illegal stuff, spam, or any other junk in my comments. Plus, if you’re a comment spammer and I ever meet you in person, I’ll bitch-slap you up side the head with a rubber surgical glove filled with dog poop until the inevitable happens.”

So, to those who’ve been trolling my blog, please don’t waste my bandwidth with yet another of your self-promoting comments. We don’t need them here. I’m sorry if my blog gets much more visitors or comment posts than your forum or website. I worked hard for it and I am not going to give you a free ride.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

15 Responses

  1. I read your blog for a long time and should tell you that your posts are always valuable to readers.

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  3. Aani says:

    blogger’s (blogspot) system apparently have no way of filtering these spam comments. a couple of my friends’ blogs have spam every other two new blog entries.

  4. Aani says:

    I have also been a victim of spam comments in my blogspot. Blogger has implemented the word verification system to prevent script generated comments. Still it is susceptible to self-serving “comment trolls”

  5. meeero says:

    a good pagerank doesn’t mean that the page is good too…

  6. The best way to stop spam would be to spend some time in moderating the comments persoanlly rather than relying on any captchas. You can go to the other extreme of not allowing anyone to comment – but then the whole essence of sharing information is lost. At least Yahoo and MSN rewards the commentators with relevant backlinks, so that is a reward which many spammers like to go for.

  7. AntySPAM says:

    Esli Vy chitaete eto soobshenie znachit vasha gostevaya, forum ili blog popali v spamerskii spisok rassylok. Chtoby udalit’ svoi resurs iz etogo spiska prishlite ego url na email: [email protected] Eto v vashih zhe interesah. Vse eshe mozhno popravit’. Nam nuzhny tol’ko zabroshennye resursy. Esli vash eshe razvivaetsya – my ostavim ego v pokoe.

  8. anton says:

    better have this problem than not having comments.

    do you agree? (hehehe)

  9. Paulo says:

    I would dispute your definition of “troll” as being someone who posts self-promoting comments. The classic online use of “troll” was meant to refer to people who post deliberately inflammatory and vulgar comments with the purpose of disrupting discussion by attracting angry reactions. Someone who merely posts self-links is more properly described as a spammer.

    As for some of the comments you’re getting in that “Big Brother” post, well, meet the curse of high pagerank. :) It’s what happens when the thronging, less-savvy masses find your weblog through popular search terms.

  10. mr nice ash says:

    I believe Elliot’s WP Hashcash is great on eating spam. hope i said it right. ;)

  11. keso says:

    I have also been a victim of spam comments in my blogspot. Blogger has implemented the word verification system to prevent script generated comments. Still it is susceptible to self-serving “comment trolls”

  12. ralphot says:

    blogger’s (blogspot) system apparently have no way of filtering these spam comments. a couple of my friends’ blogs have spam every other two new blog entries.

  13. Abe Olandres says:

    I believe I already have a strict comment filtering setup but I still do allow comments with just 1 URL to publish right ahead.

    Comment spams rarely pass thru it, though the legit ones are sometimes just to irritating to read when all they have to say is “visit our site for more discussions”.

  14. kzap says:

    Really comments should be auto filtered for URLs, thats the best way to block comment spam, if someone wanted to really post a relevant URL there should be a note saying that URLs are filtered out, so they would have to post like w w w dot games dot com or something.

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