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Many colleague bloggers continue to ask if I encounter ANY of these problems. These are RARE comments, but because they exist and other colleagues ask if I run into them, I decided to share the truth of the computer generated comments…as I am suspicious of them, and hope the information that follows will be useful to many.
As you know, the goal of my posts is to bring you stories and facts which hopefully will not only help you in your daily lives, but do it in an entertaining way. Everything shared is true and it represents a personal point of view, so, it may or it may not be shared by everyone. As the saying goes, ‘one cannot be all things to everyone all the time, but some things to some people, some of the time.’
Judging by a great majority of comments, I am happy to let you know that the goal seems to be accomplished and indeed most of the readers confirm that they benefit from subscribing (following) this blog. Schemes have been discovered and hopefully stopped, practical tips on, for instance, how to improve one’s credit, or donate money to a favorite charity and make sure it reaches who or what one intended, or, tips on dating a younger man, one of the most popular posts. I guess love is close to our hearts… even on the internet.
However, once in a while, because I am ONE PERSON doing it ALL, I feel that writing a post about ‘ computer generated comments,’ is the best, most efficient way to clarify certain questions asked by fellow bloggers.
Honestly, I do try to read and answer each comment. I must thank Word Press for protecting the blog from a majority of computer generated comments because I lack the technical abilities necessary to administer the blog. I also have to confess, I am dyslexic, which makes it even more challenging to be ‘perfect.’ I am a writer. That’s it… ONE woman who does it all imperfectly, because I am also not computer generated literate, but an totally imperfect human. I promise, I do my best.
Rarely I receive comments which note that there are some typos in the posts. Well… yes, there are typos and only if I start charging for the content, which takes me hours of research, and judging by a majority of readers’ comments, HEPLS in people’s everyday life, I will have the funds available to hire a proof reader (but I am NOT!) All that comes to mind is to suggest, that if someone is offended by typos, please stop reading the blog. I will not be offended.
There are a few comments which indicate that the site “loads slow,” and ask if “other readers,” have the same “problem?” The ONLY problem is that right UNDERNEATH such comments, there are 5-6 comments which praise the platform that I use for how FAST it loads. Such contradictory comments, with a vast majority affirming that the site loads just fine, make me believe that something doesn’t add up… and I believe the 5-6 comments letting me know the site loads just fine. Yes, along the lines of being human, again…
Another small category of comments, starts by saying the person dropped the phone in the toilet, or a mother went to the shore with a baby and something pinched the baby and she (the mother) had to “share with somebody,” and she knew her story had nothing to do with a post about schemes or dating, or insomnia, but “she just had to share,” with ME. If I check the name of the originating site of the writer of such comments, many times, the originating site sells viagara or is a porn site… Just like the people who just HAVE to share and found ME as the recipient of their confession, I, in my turn, have to confess that I do NOT post comments sent from any type of sexually explicit sites. Not in that market, lol.
What else? Oh, yes, the comments written in poor English. While I post comments which have ‘typos,’ just because I commiserate with everyone who is dyslexic, I would not post a comment which has no connection to the post commented upon, and all it provides in the ‘comment,’ is a link to their site.
Then, there were a few comments praising the ‘sound quality,’ in the post. Wow!!! Well… wow! the posts have NO sound track and rarely have images. Why? Confession,again, because my technical abilities are not a strength of this one woman show…
What else? Oh yes, the very long comments which to make sure one of the words used hits the meaning, simply take our good old friend, the dictionary, and write ALL the meanings given to a word, may be, just may be, ONE is the correct meaning. Another confession, such comments, when the Word Press ‘protector’ doesn’t protect me, is sent to ‘delete permanently.’
The last category I would like to mention, ‘how do I FOLLOW’ your blog. Again, thanks to my lack of technical abilities, since hundreds of people do follow the blog, I assume that if the icon called ‘follow,’ is chosen and thank you very much, one clicks on it, then one will receive an email when a new post is published. Then, there is the opposite, someone clicked ‘follow’ but now asks me to ‘un-follow,’ because they receive everyone’s comments… I am very sorry but I don’t have the ability to manipulate anyone’s accounts. Frankly, personally I would feel violated in my rights of privacy if suddenly I am unsubscribed from a blog or newsletter by someone else, but myself. When I decide to unsubscribe to anything, I look all the way down the page. Generally, in small print, there is an icon, ‘unsubscribe.’ I click on it and is not guaranteed, but generally, it works.
I hope now, that I shared these ‘secrets,’ you will not unsubscribe, and we will continue together on a life journey, which I do my very best to make useful and humanly typo-less (is there such a word?) and most importantly, USEFUL.
Wishing everyone a great weekend, and please know that I appreciate everyone’s human comments and especially when we all learn from one another, as it was the situation of Buyer Beware! The DM Face Creams, which has THREE updates, as the scheme seems to still be alive, but hopefully not well!
This post is in response to the many questions from readers about HOW I PROTECT MY BLOG AGAINST COMPUTER GENERATED COMMENTS and how, we, as bloggers “protect our blogs against these time consuming, at times funny comments.
My first statement needs to be that what follows is only my personal experience and if you could add to this list, please share with us.
Akismet, the Word Press computer protection robot (I assume) protected this blog 10,546 times. Thank you Akismet. After this initial “screening”, at this time, there are 682 comments in my “spam” line,” and about 12 in “moderation.”
Dilemma number 1: Do I read all 682 spam comments. It is not guaranteed they are ALL spam, and it happened many times they were not. It is your personal decision to read spam or “Delete permanently.” Same with the comments which are in the moderation line. That means, our friend Akismet wasn’t sure of the nature of the comment and send it to us, the humans with real brains to make an executive decision!
What I have noticed:
I have been blogging since December of 2010. The first about 100 posts on this blog turned into a published book, The Gypsy Saw Two Lives. It had a very distinct focus. After the book was published at the end of 2011, I stopped blogging. Then I noticed many visitors were still checking the blog. So I started to write, literally about LIFE, the ups and downs as experienced directly by me. The only focus was, is and will be, could what I write help others and hopefully make them smile. The focus is LIFE as seen by this author.
A few months ago, I was awarded Most Versatile Blog by my fellow-bloggers. According to my Stats 5 topics are covered in these posts.
The blog was growing at a comfortable pace, but then, I wrote a post about a personal experience, a scheme on the internet.
The post was entitled: Buyer Be Aware; Part II and it received 533 views in ONE DAY and people started to comment, sharing their personal experiences. We believe that we, the commentators and post on this blog saved money for a lot of people.
Oh, but wait, the comments kept increasing. Now the blog is read by people from 10-12 countries. The top five, USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany etc.
Here is a clue: I believe the computer generated comments start when a “computer” tells whoever, that your blog received a huge amount of views a day. That day, when the blog received 533 views was the key to the problem, because it is a problem.
I have not yet discovered a way to protect the blog from these comments, if our friend Akismet didn’t, but here are a few “tips” I hope will be helpful.
If you decide to read the” iffy” comments (left by Akismet up to you, to “judge”.)
–Look for repeated comments —if the SAME exact comment repeats three times after you approved it once and is already in your comments, it’s official: it’s either computer generated or written by someone with an intellectual disability, who forgot they asked. One of the other commentators made this remark in a way I wouldn’t:”Is it me, or are some comments made by people with half brains?” Frankly, I think you are a computer, and not a nice one, so your place is in “Delete permanently.”
– Look for patterns — I noticed a few: The comments that are short and general: “Great blog! Keep up the great job!” or comments which require that you give them a reply, or ask silly questions. My favorite in this category was a comment”…. would there be a PART II?” He JUST READ PART II!!! or may be not:)
– Look for comments which just promote their products
-Look for comments which tell you, your blog could use their services to improve –some want your blog to upload faster, some, slower, some say the letters “run off the page” but they could help you fix it.
– Look for sites that ask if you would let them write articles on your blog —if you are interested, check their already published work and/or a draft of the article they propose
– Look for proposals of link exchanges — I do not know enough about this topic to have a valid opinion, but I am cautious.
– Look for comments which give you invalid emails–Some commentators were asking questions which required not a posting but a reply from me. I emailed them, to only discover that the emails were FAKE!!
I continue to believe without a sense of humor, life would be unbearable. I must admit, there was a time when I wondered WHO would buy any book in the series “The Idiot’s Book to….
Then I needed to refresh my knowledge of statistics and bought the Idiot’s Book on it.
If someone, out there wrote an idiots’ book of How to get rid of computer generated comments, I’d be the first to buy it!
Please let me know via a human generated email (contact info:under icon, About Rodica–TOP left of all my posts.)
Thanks for visiting and you, the real readers mean the world to me. I hope these short posts improve your daily lives, somehow. Have a nice weekend Everyone!
Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving constructive messages which will continue to improve the site and benefit us all.
I feel it is necessary to clarify a few points regarding how the comments are selected and the responses you may or may not receive.
1.My blogging platform, Word Press is an exceptional place to share your ideas. I appreciate the team’s hard work and their security system which so far protected my blog against OVER 6,550 spam emails or attacks.
2. Sometimes I receive a “spam q” and I DO read those emails. If they come from sites which promote PORNOGRAPHY I DELETE them. I also delete emails which kept repeating themselves and are clearly COMPUTER GENERATED.
If someone clicked SHARE ALL comments I cannot and may NOT change their settings. If this happens, please contact a computer specialist on the Word Press Team. I cannot change your settings.
I recently updated “ABOUT RODICA” the icon at TOP LEFT of all my posts. Please read it for contact information.
I am thankful for your support and kind words.
However, because of the number of comments received lately, I felt a moral obligation to clarify the above points concerning messages and comments. If you wish info on a particular topic, please ask me and if I am qualified to write a post on the topic of interest, I will.
Thank you all. I hope this blog helped a few people and will continue to help more and more.
My best wishes,