Do you know what is starting to annoy me? … Alright, alright; you’re getting to know me too well. I’ll correct that. … Do you know what is one of the very great many things that is starting to annoy me?
Has this ever happened to you? You go to one of your favorite blogs. The blogger says something that inspires you to post a comment. You go to the comment form. You spend some time crafting your words. You hit the “submit” button. The blog then responds with something to the effect of:
I’m really and truly incredibly sorry, but there’s been some sort of silly old system error and this software is far too outrageously incompetent to actually record your insignificant little comment on the first attempt. Please try again.
Obviously, I’m paraphrasing.
Fortunately, the blog leaves your comment on the comment form, so all you have to do is hit the submit button again and it works the second time. But I still find it aggravating.
This is happening much too often for it to actually be a system error. Even Microsoft doesn’t write software that’s that buggy. I assume it’s being done to fight comment spam.
I don’t comment on blogs all that often, so it wouldn’t bother me too much, but some blogs that I really like and really want to comment on use this ploy.
If it was only the blogs that I wasn’t interested that used this technique, then what the hell would I care? I wouldn’t even know they were doing it. As far as I’m concerned, they can implement a comment submission process that requires a lifetime to submit a single comment. It won’t affect me.
Worse, at some blogs, after you hit the submit button a second time, it comes back and says something to the effect of:
Now that you’ve proved to me beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are either a human or a piece of software who/that is smart enough to click the submit button twice, do you see that barely readable word that I’ve displayed here? Well if you key it in and hit the submit button yet again, I might””only might, mind you””deem you to be someone worthy enough to submit a comment to my precious blog.
Again, I’m obviously paraphrasing.
I don’t comment on blogs all that often, so it wouldn’t bother me too much, but some blogs that I really, really like and really, really want to comment on use this doubly annoying ploy.
Whoa! Amplified dÃ?jÃ vu. That was weird.
It’s not that I like spammers. Not at all. They are terrible nuisances and if they can be dealt with appropriately, that would be great.
To make sure that my previous statement is not misunderstood, I have to say that I’m a non-violent person and I don’t believe that violence is an appropriate way to rectify problems like spammers. That having been said, if an especially large meteor should, by total coincidence and without any direction from me, happen to land smack-dab on the bridge of a spammer’s nose, I wouldn’t cry as much as I might if it happened to someone else.
I just don’t like having my time wasted.
In fairness, I must add that I’d be hypocritical to condemn all spam-fighting measures because I’ve implemented some on this blog. I’m not going to discuss what they are because I don’t want spammers to spend time trying (probably successfully) to find ways to circumvent them. Heaven forbid I should waste any of their precious time.
One thing I will tell you because you might find it annoying if you don’t know about it is, if I haven’t yet told WordPress that you are someone who can be trusted, or if you put something in your comment that makes WordPress think that I might have been foolish to tell it that, then your comment might sit in the moderation queue before it displays on my blog. But I’m usually pretty good at going through the moderation queue quickly.
And, true, my behind-the-scenes comment spam filtering will, maybe one time in a hundred, register a false positive and classify your comment as spam when it isn’t. If that happens, I apologize. No offense was intended whatsoever. But, the good news is that, for those 99 times out of 100 when it accepts your comment as a perfectly legitimate pearl of wisdom, you can submit it with a single click of a button.
So, if you have a blog that I visit, I certainly understand why you want to try to block spammers, but please do it in a way that doesn’t hold me up. I’m a busy guy. I have naps to take and nostrils to pick. If I spend too much time trying to comment on your blog I might not be able to get to those important duties. That would be a shame.
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