Lately I’ve been receiving fairly regular email messages, that state ‘Anonymous’ has left a comment. This is because all comments have to be approved before I’ll let them publish.
These messages are ‘no-reply’, there is no comment on the post, usually they say something like ‘I like your blog’ – and if I follow the link I get a foreign web-site or a retail-type site.
I report the ‘spam’ (but I’m not so sure that Google does anything more than just simply permanently delete the message).
Sometimes, the message will state the sender is following my blog, but that turns out not to be true.
When I started out to write this post, I was considering adding word-verification to comments on my blog, despite my feelings about those silly little words and pictures that I run into on other blogs when I’m the commenter. Then I decided to check my settings just to see what they were (getting old and can’t remember things for more than 5 minutes) and to see what the options might be.
One of my concerns was those folks who I know read my blog, but don’t have a blog or a G-mail account in order to be a follower. I don’t want to disallow their ability to comment. At the same time, those ‘robots’ who are apparently commenting need to be stopped!
Well, I discovered that I can limit commenters (which I knew and actually thought I had done) to those who are ‘registered’. I’m not 100% sure what that means, but I’m going to try it and see if it helps. There are not often comments from ‘anonymous’ readers who are actually known to me, just don’t have a blog or Google account. So if you are a reader, but not a ‘follower’, sorry if I’ve excluded you from commenting, but I do need to protect my computer from viruses that may attack through these web-sites.
If you really need to reach me about something on my blog, you can always send an email through My Profile.
Keep the comments coming – I love hearing from all of you!