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Following or Stampeding?

I haven’t blogged in a while…. I’ll be honest I’m really busy at the minute – so busy that even my Google Reader is full up with stuff – I will read it all eventually, maybe! That brings me to another point (before I’ve even started with the main point of this post!) has anyone tried Google Gears to allow them to view their Google Reader content offline – I’d be interested to hear your experiences!

I try to keep up with a few blogs every so often when I dive into my Google Reader and today I noticed this post of Tricia’s about her comment policy, now I’m as much of a fan as the next man about “dofollow” – I’m proud to be a member of the community, and I add my own little caveat to my dofollow links by only allowing them to become dofollow’s after 24 hours to give me time to blow away any spam (it’s a feature of the WordPress Plugin that I use).

But I’ve had a couple of spammy style comments I’ve let through recently, this one is clearly a beg for a link, asking for a new post and advertising absinthe – bit odd if you ask me (maybe the commenter had been drinking?). As such I’m going to follow Tricia’s policy on this from now on.

I’m offering you some link-juice, so offer me something – make your comment worthwhile, engaging, funny, or thought provoking. A firm but fair approach will be operated here going forward – YOU know if you’re commenting just to get another link to your site – don’t bother, it will be removed! So head off with the rest of the stampede (and believe me a lot of people are doing this!) to blogs that will allow you to just comment willy-nilly!

For those who do want to get involved in discussion, either about this, or about Google Gears, feel free to comment now 🙂

This entry was posted on Saturday, June 30th, 2007 at 4:14 pm and is filed under Blogging & Communities. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

Comments (6)


  1. Andy says:

    I’m the first to comment so it looks like you’ve managed to scare off the spammers!

    I think luckily though, the true spammers haven’t quite caught up with the nofollow community.

    The worst though is people replying on your blog as a thankyou (for what you said on their blog). Kind of hard to delete the comments, despite it being obvious that they aren’t interested in what you wrote yourself!

  2. Keiron says:

    That’s true! Hadn’t really thought about that one – nice to know they’ve come to check it out but would be even better to know if they’d actually been interested to read what I’d had to say!

  3. I actually think that comment was valid. Not only was it true that you hadn’t posted in awhile (you do have regular readers), but I checked out the site and there wasn’t even any advertising on it 😉

  4. mlankton says:

    I have a question. Comment #6 in the link in this article shows a comment that I have seen 5-6 times on my own site.

    Is this some weird wordpress behavior where occasionally when you post a new article it also deposits a random snippet of it in the comments of one of your other articles? Or, is it a weird wordpress behavior in response to someone external trying to do some manipulation of your comments?

  5. Keiron says:

    Hi Mlankton,

    This is wordpress auto-generating a comment in your existing article when you refer to it at a later date. It means your old article is automatically updated with something you discuss on it at some point in the future! (saves you going back and editing something old!)

  6. mlankton says:

    Yeah, I figured that out. I am not really crazy about that behavior, but haven’t come across a way to disable it. Just set all comments to moderate and delete them when they pop up?
    Thanks for answering btw

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