Sunday, August 21, 2005

Word verification

I received 15 spam messages this afternoon, so I've initiated the "word verification" function before you can post a comment.

I prefer to allow anonymous comments, so I've left that option open, at least for now.

Sorry for the small inconvenience. And thanks for the tip, Jack.

If you want to use word verification on your blog, go to
change settings

where you can enable word verification.


At 4:11 PM, August 22, 2005, Blogger 49erDweet said...

"Chocolate brownie fudgies" he was heard muttering 'neath his breath. He spent the time dreaming of gloriously devious methods to defend against - and gain retribution upon - the idiot and ill-mannered trolls who wasted so much of his time.

"A pox upon those who spend their wakeful lives tearing down others' endeavors, instead of constructing a meaningfull life of their own," he said.

Twisted is as twisted does.

4:10 PM, August 22, 2005

At 4:28 PM, August 22, 2005, Blogger Stephen (aka Q) said...


You'll note that I've added you to my blogroll (i.e., "sites of interest").

At 8:05 PM, August 22, 2005, Blogger Mary P. said...

First time I've ever read "chocolate" as a perjorative. That's some of the classiest cussing I've ever had the pleasure of perusing, 49er! Well done.

At 10:43 PM, August 22, 2005, Blogger 49erDweet said...

Thanks to both of you.
A word about "c-b-f". Years ago a former used car salesman named Al Radka hosted the weekly movie night on a local television station. (I told you it was years ago). Every movie night Radka had an on-going conversation with his studio director, a young man known only to the viewers as, "The Dirty Mouth Kid". One never heard the Kid's side of the conversation, but Radka would respond with "c-b-f" whenever the situation seemed to call for it - do any of you remember how badly some of the movies used to adapt to the TV screen, and how often the film broke or became scratched?

Anyway, I've always thought the term was essential for those whose every word is overheard by others, yet who occasionally needs a verbal outburst to clear the lungs and head.

Long story. Sorry. I should start cross-posting these on my own site, I guess, if I knew how. And stop wasting Q's bandwidth.

At 1:54 PM, August 23, 2005, Blogger Carolyn said...

I've started getting spam on my blog and I'm really frustrated...not because of the volume, but it feels like it "taints" my space. I'm not doing word verification yet...but thanks for putting the option out there.

At 2:26 PM, August 23, 2005, Blogger Stephen (aka Q) said...

Until getting fifteen comments within about three hours, I was content to just delete spam messages as they came in. If you use the "delete forever" option, they are removed completely, as if the comment never appeared on the site.

But I wouldn't like it if the comments were going to sit there for days at a stretch. When I receive any kind of comment, I generally know about it quickly, because I get e-mail notification at work. When I'm in the office, I know about every comment within a couple minutes. But not everybody spends forty hours per week in front of a computer (lucky them, I say!).

When I left on vacation, I asked Mary P. to keep an eye on my site. Like you, I don't like the thought of my space being tainted.

At 5:03 PM, August 23, 2005, Blogger Mary P. said...

You asked me to keep an eye on it, but forgot to give me your password... Just as well the onslaught occurred once you were home again!

Hey, I like my word verification this time: "sxexlg". It's as naughtily evocative as 49er's "c-b-f".


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