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The QandO Word Black List
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, October 11, 2007

Several commenters have complained about the blacklist we use to filter what shows up in the comment section. Unfortunately, that's a "must do" in today's on-line world if you want to keep your blog work friendly and defeat the persistent spammers of the world.

Naturally we want to do both. But we're also interested in keeping your frustration to a minimum. Life is frustrating enough without fashioning a great reply and then not being able to post it.

Looking at a comment, it is sometimes hard to figure out what might be the offending bit. It could be a word, a combinations of words or some other configuration that is keeping the comment from being published. I had an email inquiry the other day about a comment that wouldn't post. Checking it, it looked like some configuration of "insurance" was stopping it from being published. As you might expect, we get a ton of spam touting insurance. The commenter had a hyperlink which had "-insurance" as a part of it. And one of our banned word configurations is exactly that.

While I know it's a pain in the butt, it's more of a pain in the butt trying to keep the spam off the board. This isn't about cursing or swearing or using bad words per se. The only point there is those words can get you banned from certain systems and obviously we don't want that either. And, as we all know, we've managed to work around that quite nicely, haven't we?

Anyway, I offer to those who want it, the blacklist via email. I'm not going to publish it up here and give the spammers a blueprint for defeating it - that destroys the purpose. But I will give it to known and regular commenters here if you request it. Maybe that will help.

When I say "known and regular" commenters, I'll require you provide me with one QandO comment link by which I can verify you've left a legitimate comment at some point. I'll also be verifying the email address as well. If you've given a false email address, I can't help you.

My email address is on the upper left hand side. Look forward to hearing from you.
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Previous Comments to this Post 

I’ll also be verifying the email address as well. If you’ve given a false email address, I can’t help you."
Posting a real email address is an invitation to spammers on OUR end. Even embedding the email address in the persons "handle" is no protection — some spam systems sift down one level to harvest addresses.

I never got ANY spam until I started commenting on blogs, so have to resort to fake addresses, and I even fake domain name to prevent my ISP getting inundated with various junk.

Written By: Sharpshooter
URL: http://
The only one I can think of is for you to send me the requested link and your IP address. I’ll check it against the one recorded in the comment (you can’t see it - I can).

If you don’t have a permanent IP address, we’ll see if we can work something out.
Written By: McQ
Funny thing;
I’ve never run afoul of it, so far as I can recall.
Written By: Bithead
Just post Dale’s private phone number so I can call him and have him walk me through it if I can’t figure it out. That’s my suggestion.
Written By: Wulf
I’d probably link a post propper that got me a hat tip... :)
Written By: Scott Jacobs
URL: http://

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