Spam Filter gone Crazy Or Where The Heck Are My Comments

Dec 10, 2009

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Spam Filter gone Crazy Or Where The Heck Are My Comments

Dec 10, 2009

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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I received quite a few emails over the last few days asking a very basic question: Where did my comment go? Why is it marked as spam?

To make a long story short, I did a site software upgrade to Drupal 6 a few days ago (thanks Drupal guys). For some reason known only to the software gods, my spam filter started to develop an intelligence of its own. Kinda like that elevator on that elevator movie.

This caused me to miss a huge amount of perfectly valid and info-packed comments, a very sad mishap. Here is what’s done and the plan to go ahead:

1. I disabled most of the functionality of the spam filter. If you are blocked as spammer, please let me know.

2. I digged into the database and retrieved all the so-called spam comments. So ןf your comment was marked as spam it is now back on the site.

3. I am going to change the way DIYP deals with spam comments. Instead of letting any wondering bot to post spam, and then letting a piece of code to decide if it is spam, I will install a CAPTCHA module that will make sure you are human before you are posting the comment.

My apologies for the inconvenience caused and finally I am going to stop seeing comments about baby diapers.

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Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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