The spam filters around the comments function of this site are being put hard through their paces at the moment – yesterday I removed 98 spambot droppings from the moderation queue. Over thirty of them started with the above subject line.
I know that functioning grammar is too much to expect from a humble spambot, but this one boggles my mind every time I see it. I mean, what is it saying? It raises so many questions.
When you’ve read the declaration as often as I have in the past twenty-four hours, these questions become inevitable. I almost want to follow the links, just to see if there are answers on the far side. Perhaps it’s a riddle, and great rewards will be bestowed on he who solves it…
Anyway, for those who have met the moderation message, that’s why it’s there. Theoretically, once I’ve approved one comment from you, telling the website that you’re a proper person (hopefully with some vague notion of why grammar was invented), your future comments should be passed automatically, and published immediately – so if you see it, don’t shy away. I don’t censor people posting (well, if things got abusive I might, but that’s not likely), I’m just trying to make sure this doesn’t become a default porn site by association.
Oh, and you may have noticed that you can now tick a little checkbox when making a comment. Doing so means you’ll get an email notification whenever anybody else, including me, posts a comment on the same article. Helpful, if you want a reply but haven’t time to keep coming back to see if I’ve got round to it…