Only a Test

Emergency Broadcast SystemThis is a test. This website is conducting a test of the Emergency Spam-fighting System. This is only a test. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

In the last few weeks, the spammers have hit my site with a vengeance. My blog is self hosted, so I don't have the might of Blogger or Wordpress to swat away those annoying flies and have been getting around 500 spam comments a day. Since I don't have a penis to enlarge or need a payday loan, it's super frustrating and time consuming to delete all of them. I really don't want to add CAPTCHA because everyone thinks they are so annoying, but I have to do something.

I consulted my good friend Google and found this service called Mollum, which I've added to my site. If it does everything it promises, it will be so awesome. When a comment is submitted, it is immediately analyzed: if it's definitely identified as valid, then it is automatically posted; if it's definitely identified as spam, it is automatically deleted (or sent to a moderation queue like I'm having it do while I evaluate its accuracy); but if the system is unsure whether it's spam or not, then it displays a CAPTCHA for the user to identify.

I've had it installed for two days so far, and it's doing an excellent job isolating out the spam comments. But now I want to make sure I won't get false positives or even false unsures because that would mean my awesome commenters are getting hit with annoying CAPTCHAs. So if you've made it this far, I would really appreciate your help with testing this.

1. Write a comment like you normally would. Either pretend I just said something truly witty and inspiring or something really idiotic you disagree with.

2. Press the Save button for the comment and notice whether it posts automatically or if it asks you to identify a CAPTCHA.

3. Reply to your own comment and tell me whether it automatically posted or if it displayed a CAPTCHA.

Thank you so much for helping me! I really hope this works as promised.

This concludes this test of the Emergency Spam-fighting System. And now back to your regularly scheduled program....


Adriana Ryan's picture

As a member of the Spam Protection Association with Many Members Enraged by Restriction (SPAMMER), I am offended by your insinuation that penis enlargement is not a legitimate enterprise! :D

Medeia Sharif's picture

I'm sorry about the spam. I noticed it when I was coming here. Some other blogs have Disqus for comments. I don't know if it prevents spam though.

Cheyenne Campbell's picture

What?! You don't think that penis enlargement products should be widely available to all?! Insanity! Horsefeathers!

Okay, not really. I feel your pain and hope this sorts things out. As I'm in the process of moving from to .org, hosting my blog elsewhere, I'm hoping I don't have to deal with similar issues but I'll file away Mollum in my brain and come back to it if need be. Good luck!

Cheyenne Campbell's picture

Maybe because I used the p-word, it required me to enter a CAPTCHA. Hope this info helps!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thanks, ladies, for helping test.

Adriana - you crack me up!

Medeia - I actually started out using Disqus, but I had a few people email me through the contact form saying they couldn't figure out how to leave a comment, so I switched back to the old-fashioned way. But if this doesn't work, I'll probably go back to it.

Cheyenne - That's funny that you got busted for the p-word. Adriana actually got away with it. :-)

Elizabeth Twist's picture

I am having a very hard time not typing every word for the male member that I know, preceded by "engorged," "enlarged," and "super big for the ladies." Let's see if I get CAPTCHA-D.

p.s. YUP.

Elizabeth Twist's picture

I will now attempt a polite comment.

p.s. Maybe because of my previous comment, this was CAPTCHA-D too.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Ha, Elizabeth, it just knew you were thinking viagra thoughts regardless of what you typed. :-)  Thanks for trying two different types of posts!
This makes two people who got through and two who got CAPTCHA-d.  Not sure I like 50-50 odds for people commenting.  But since I added the post this morning, the system has caught over 400 spam posts and only let through 4 comments that were actually spam.  That's a lot less work on my side.

Moira 's picture

I love your smile : )

Anne M.'s picture

Well, let's get creative, then! Here's a special offer for gambling tips to enlarge the organ of your choice in Vegas Texas Hold'em games! Yes, you, too can meet friendly women in your area and hook up with lonesome men while browsing affordable insurance.

*whew* Did I miss anything?



Anne M.'s picture

Well, I'll be ... I got right through. Perhaps I am off my game.

Libster 's picture

LOL, OMGBBQWTFone1111elevenn!!!!

Okay, that's my quota of lame attempts at spam.

Robert Redford's picture

Okay, I erased what I really wrote because you wouldn't want to see those naked men's butts on your screen - Soot

Roberta M Munroe's picture

test test test

Roberta M Munroe's picture

nope, no captcha required.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thanks again for all the help!
Moira - Aw, shucks!  Thanks!
Anne - Too funny!  I guess the software knew you don't have the heart of a spammer. :-)
Libby - Ha! Yeah, those are the ones I really don't get when they don't even attempt you use real words.
Soot - Now don't be so hasty with the erase button.
Roberta - That's actually good that you didn't get a CAPTCHA since you didn't use any of the favorite spammer words. I want real commenters to be able to post without getting sidetracked by annoying CAPTCHA.

Valued Visitor's picture

test test

Valued Visitor's picture

trying this

Sheenah Freitas's picture

Sounds fancy. I remember I mentioned Twilight once on my blog in passing and then several days after that, I checked my spam comments and saw a plethora of "See Taylor Lautner SHIRTLESS" messages. I was very confused and amused at the same time.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Despite the spam deterrent I have on my site, this post more than any other is getting hammered by spam daily. I guess the word spam just attracts more spam. So I'm closing comments on this post.