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A Housekeeping Note

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, October 02, 2006, at 02:56PM

I just implemented a change in the software that runs this site and even though you shouldn't see anything different, I figure I should mention it. Since I started blogdowntown about 7600 comments have been posted. Of those about 6100 have been spam. That's more than 80% of all comments. Needless to say, it's a problem and it annoys me to no end.

Today I've put in place a solution that requires that you have javascript enabled in order to comment. When you click the submit button your browser will go out and ask the server for a "comment code" -- basically a key comprised of the blog id, the post id and several random characters. It then submits that code with the comment. The server checks it out, makes sure it matches what it sent, and then lets the comment through.

I did rig this system together myself, though, and that means there's a decent chance it might just not work. If you go to comment and it fails, drop me an email and let me know. We'll get the kinks worked out pretty quickly and the result will be a pleasant lack of junk in the "recent comments" section of the sidebar.

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