Comment rejected?

Apparently the bugaboo of “info” is kicking back a lot of comments in the newspaper survey thread. I also heard from someone who got booted for “” Try “data,” or do the filter-busting trick of “1nf0” or some such.

Sorry about this.

Posted at 12:16 pm in Uncategorized |

7 responses to “Comment rejected?”

  1. Dorothy said on November 2, 2005 at 1:01 pm

    Yeah I was scratching my head over and over yesterday because the first time I tried to reply, I got kicked back about 5 times. Eventually I just scrapped that entry and started all over again. I could not figure out what was so offensive.

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  2. brian stouder said on November 2, 2005 at 1:53 pm

    Dorothy � I used to never be able to figure out why I was getting the hook – but THEN one time I noticed that at the top of the rejection message screen it tells you (sort of)!

    Yesterday I was responding to the newspaper thing and got booted � the inappropriate comment was the letters i and g, with a space and then the letters c and o and m. It took me awhile to scan through, but then I found where I had used the word �big’ followed by the word ‘compendium� � and the filter didn�t like the last two letters of ‘big’ preceding the first three letters of ‘compendium’

    (and yes – this post is all wordy because the filter still doesn’t like that stuff!)

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  3. Dorothy said on November 2, 2005 at 2:00 pm

    Thanks, Brian. I looked and looked, but was quite befuddled about what was offensive. It wasn’t worth the time I was spending on it, so that’s why I started over from scratch. I eliminated the names of the newspapers I read on-line, and assumed the problem lay there somewhere, because the new version went thru just fine.

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  4. Loulou said on November 2, 2005 at 3:57 pm

    Me, too. I mentioned the NY tragedy in passing and wondered if it were that. Just got on with my life!

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  5. MichaelG said on November 2, 2005 at 6:24 pm

    Far out! I just tried the two words Brian mentioned and got the hook. I think this stuff tells us something about the people who set up these filters. I don’t know what, though . . .

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  6. alex said on November 2, 2005 at 7:53 pm

    Probably someone with a big, er, complex.

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  7. Nance said on November 2, 2005 at 8:12 pm

    Um, that would be me, guys. Here’s how it works:

    Spambot dumps a load of same into my comments.

    I go into comments, fish out their URLs, and add them to the Movable Type Blacklist.

    The Blacklist script seeks the comments out and deletes them and, theoretically, keeps them from posting again.

    The problem comes with the URLs. I don’t know how the simple word “1nf0” got in there, but I remember banning a lot of URLs that used dot-(that word), once upon a time. As for the guy with the big, er, complex, I can’t say. There are gazillions of bad folks out there with dot-com domains, and maybe it was one of them.

    My most requent spammers are naughty-bits sites and those who practice a digital version of a card game that Dave Barry calls “Alabama Grope-‘Em.” Some of the naughty-bits URLs alone gross me out. Let me put it this way: Watch how you use the word “granny” in comments.

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