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Derek Lowe, an Arkansan by birth, got his BA from Hendrix College and his PhD in organic chemistry from Duke before spending time in Germany on a Humboldt Fellowship on his post-doc. He's worked for several major pharmaceutical companies since 1989 on drug discovery projects against schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases. To contact Derek email him directly: Twitter: Dereklowe

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February 16, 2007

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Posted by Derek

I know that people have been having some problems leaving comments here the last few days - I've had some myself; it's rather disconcerting to find that comments you're making to your own blog are being treated like radioactive spam. But I think the issue has been resolved, so if anything else odd happens, please let me know.

If you don't blog yourself, you'd probably be amazed at the volume of comment spam that comes in. Well, if your e-mail address is out on a web page like mine, maybe you wouldn't, considering what that does to your inbox. I pull two or three hundred offers of winning lotteries, African fortunes, dubious business propositions, and outright gibberish per day into my address. But there's a nearly equal volume of comment spam, which was always seemed to me one of the most pathetic attempts at advertising I've ever seen. Why bother? Well, because it's basically free, and hey, one out of every ten million people might click by accident. . .

There are keyword and lookup filters behind the scenes here that do an excellent job of catching all this garbage. Before they were implemented, I'd come in to take a look at the site in the morning and find the last fifty comments were a repeated offer to do things with farm animals or something, which was a welcome way to start the day, naturally. But if the setting get a little too aggressive, actual comments start getting flung into the bit-bucket. Every day or so I take a look at the pile and rescue a few strays, but we'll see how things look under the current settings.

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1. Another Kevin on February 16, 2007 9:51 AM writes...

Nobody even has to click on the links.

Until was invented, comment spam containing links "worked" by elevating the target page's rank in the search engines; after all, lots of pages linked to it.

Comment spammers continue the practice because enough blogs and wikis fail to put "nofollow" on their links that the link targets still have their page rank raised. The smarter ones may be able to avoid the sites that use nofollow, but most spammers aren't that smart - if they were, they'd find an easier living.

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2. Wavefunction on February 16, 2007 4:22 PM writes...

My main problem is that when I click the comments 'post' button, most of the times the next page does not show up. Then I try clicking the button a few times and suddenly the comment shows up multiple times. I face this problem often on this blog.

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3. Jimmy Viagra on February 17, 2007 12:11 AM writes...

Lets see how "intelligent" this spam blocker is. Can I post about Pfizer's Viagra without being deleted??

Jimmy Viagra.

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4. Tot. Syn. on February 19, 2007 7:43 AM writes...

I must say that the Askemit spam-eater on my blog is particularly decent, with only 1% of comments going the wrong way...

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