The Floodgates

I wrote a post a few days ago about CAPTCHA, and the perils of using it. I also commented on my own hypocrisy as this very blog was using it as a way to block spam comments. In an unintended series of events, but ones that I should've just predicted, the CAPTCHA on this blog hilariously managed to stop our own Jonathan from commenting. That is such a delicious irony it actually can be used as a topping on grilled burgers.

As an experiment, I removed the CAPTCHA to see what would happen. I added moderation: all comments on posts are now sent to my email for approval. The results were... insane.

Since opening up the comments this way I have had over 300 emails since the 16th March, the day I opened the posts up - over the eleven days from the 16th to the 27th, that works out as around 27 emails a day.

The reason for this is that recently my blog has started to be tracked by crawlers. Thanks to the viral post in December (see here too) my blog got the attention of spam crawlers, which means that each day there are around 300 to 400 "visits" or "impressions" on the blog, mostly on older posts. These old posts are also where the comments are centred, some being comments on posts from back in 2007. 

Now, I have no idea why these are crawling the blog. I don't have many real comments these days, if at all. That's not really my intention as a writer. But it is funny seeing the label in Gmail creep up. By the end of today, it will be around 25 new emails from Blogger asking for my moderation. I reset it pretty much every day, as I like my label-organised inbox (something that I spent hours and hours on one day a few years ago) to have no unread emails.

I find it amusing. I might reapply the CAPTCHA soon, just because. But for now, if you're commenting, please be patient - I'll find your real comment soon. And to the spammers?

Hi.