Recently I have noticed a disturbing trend that is making the battle against spam harder. Normally the way you tell a legitimate commenter from a spammer is to check that the comment is on-topic and free of bad links.
Increasingly, I am finding more and more spam commenters whose writing is certainly on-topic. It doesn’t look like it has been generated by a bot. And even sometimes it is a valuable addition to the discussion.
But one thing is wrong. The comment author URL leads to some kind of business / gambling / spam site.
For as long as I think such contributions are beneficial to the discussion, I will allow them. But I will remove the comment author URL if I think it is unsuitable.
For guidance: Comment author URLs may be any personal websites — blogs, Flickr, Twitter, whatever. They may not be business websites or any spammy content.
If the problem continues, I will start throwing the comments themselves into the spam bin as well.
In other news, there is an exciting new feature! Well, not that exciting. But if you look in the sidebar you will see that I have ten ‘featured posts’ there. These are older posts that might have slipped your attention.
As time goes on I get more and more stressed about the fact that my lovingly crafted writing drops off the front page so quickly — particularly under this new year regime of daily posting. So there you have it. If you ever fancy reading something a little bit older, start from the ‘featured posts’ section. (And the ‘best of’ section in the navigation above.)