Dear blog friends,
I've experienced so little (as in, none that I recall) spam on this blog that I had forgotten its existence - except in commiserating with some of you who have lamented your own spam problems. I'm getting my come-uppance! The TypePad spam filter had been working so efficiently that I was oblivious. Until recently!
Recently, I've had a problem trying to comment on my own blog. And...I've heard from Stu that his comment had disappeared. The TypePad people had to remind me that there was a spam filter. Having checked the filter a few minutes ago, I find that many of you have been subjected to the bad manners of my spam filter.
Please forgive me!
TypePad and I are working on the problem. Hopefully, we'll soon be back to normal. In the meantime, this blog will operate as if I had activated comment verification rules. I will have to publish each comment that gets caught in the filter. It is interesting that Bogie & Buffy are seemingly golden. Their comments don't get caught up in the filter!
P.S. As the time span that comments are retained in the spam filter is only a few weeks long, I note that the recoveries that I've made this morning go only as far back as Technical postings from Slashdot.org!
P.P.S. If you wish to compare notes: From 3/21/2013 until the current time, there have been 108 truly spammy comments that were caught by the spam filter - nearly 2.25/day.
Added on 1/20/2014: All of the above was originally posted on 5/9/2013.
I didn't know how bad it would get. Now, routinely, I get 200-300 spam comments each day - nearly all having to do with prescription drugs and cigarettes. Do I look like a druggie to you?!!! (I've never been a smoker.) Stu's are the real comments that most frequently get caught in the spam filter. It doesn't look like TypePad is able to get things really fixed. I would let NSA read everything I ever wrote, in a heartbeat, if the payoff was that all spam would disappear from the internet. I'm dreamin'.