They began arriving in my Inbox as a trickle, blog comments written by “Anonymous” pretending to commend me on my “remarkable” blog, agreeing with my “views expressed”, even asking me for advice on how to achieve such a superior blog.
But over the last week the volume of these irritating “Anonymous” emails has swelled to a torrent, in their pathetic broken English. I know they are not from genuine blog readers because they always end up by inviting me to click on a link and visit a website on erectile dysfunction, weight loss, share trading or such.
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I’m sure any fellow-bloggers are familiar with having to moderate this rubbish, especially those who have, like me, unticked “word verification”.
I’ve been a staunch advocate for getting rid of “word verification”, the bane of genuine blog commenters, with its almost indecipherable scrawl that we are expected to spend 10 minutes translating into letters and numbers before Blogger will kindly allow us to send our feedback.
Many is the blogger I’ve advised to turn off word verification and just moderate their readers’ comments.
I’ve turned on “word verification” again for this blog. My sincere apologies if deciphering those silly jumbled letters defeats you when you want to leave me a comment, but there is another way - Just click on the words “email me” below my profile photo and you can send your comment directly to me.
I know I ought to take this small irritation in my stride, but right now my tolerance for such things is rather lower than it ought to be. Please forgive me. Life is too short even to sit here hitting that Delete button
Just added -
Apologies for my dummy-spit, dear readers. I’ve calmed down now (that rant did me a power of good ) and have taken Lynne’s excellent advice. I’ve simply excluded “Anonymous” comments and have turned word verification off again.
Ahhhhh, the coast is clear now, if you’d like to leave comments on any of my posts. Here’s to a less stressful New Year.