About once a day, Someone contacts me to ask why I refused to publish his comment. Some guys get fairly irate about it. Some people seem a little hurt.
The Aging Rebel gets between 2,000 and 3,000 spam comments every day. The worst day the site got about 4,000 spam comments. Some spam comments look a lot like regular comments. Here are a couple of examples from the 46 spam comments that came in during the time it took to write the first two sentences of this story.
Real Live Spam
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The above two comments are intended to sell a little but mostly to defeat standard discussion moderation procedures. Generally, if you have commented on this site before and your comment has been approved then all your subsequent comments will be immediately approved. The above comments are intended to seem like actual comments so if I just glance at them and approve them the spammers will be able to make any comments they want in the future without my interference. Here are a couple more.
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That last spam comment then asked readers to click on two separate links.
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This last email then asks readers to click a link to an online store. Some spam comments are hundreds of words long and contain dozens of links to granny porn sites, international pharmacies and numerous, obvious scams.
What To Do
There are not enough hours in the day to actually examine all these comments and separate out the valid comments from the lists of links to the “best” payday loans sites. So basically, an off site robot identifies the comments that come from obvious spammers and also identifies possible spam. If your internet address is close to that of a known spammer, or if you are commenting for the first time, or from a new computer or device, or you haven’t commented for awhile, or if you are on a list that I have assembled of potentially troublesome commenters your comment goes to the “moderation queue” and stays there until I manually review and okay the comment.
The commenters whose words are routinely moderated include suspected trolls, obnoxious cops and commenters who have become a lightening rod. For example, comments by a young guy named Brandon Sharp are always moderated. Comments by three or four people who are pugnaciously unhappy with their club’s president are routinely moderated. These posters are not banned but I want to see what they are saying before they say it on this site.
Two people have been blacklisted in the last four and a half years. For example, all known aliases and Internet Protocol addresses of a man named Mike Yevtuck are listed on a “blacklist.” His comment attempts are automatically deleted. I don’t doubt he will be back but when he is his comments will first go to the moderation queue.
Comments and Spam are examined at least every two hours from either a mobile device or a desktop computer between approximately 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Pacific seven days a week. Sometimes I just don’t look for hours and hours and hours – particularly if I am in the middle of the Mojave on my motorcycle, or I’m having other fun, or I’m intoxicated or asleep.
Very long comments are more difficult to check on a smart phone than very brief comments and all comments are difficult to moderate on a two inch by five inch phone. The “approve” “delete comment” and “this is spam” fields are very close together on a little phone screen. Sometimes my thumb hits delete when I wanted to touch approve. Then I have to go to a computer with a real keyboard to fix what I have done. Sometimes, your comment may sit in trash for up to ten hours.
That is why your comment was not approved. All due respect. My apologies.