Comments Please

Dear readers,

I have turned on commenting again. To combat spam I have installed a plug-in that will ask you to answer a simple math challenge (as in “add 3 and 8”). Please try it out and e-mail me if it doesn’t work.

Geoffrey Rockwell

8 thoughts on “Comments Please”

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  2. Ironic that your first non-test comment is link spam. I’ve just been posting, tongue in cheek, about that myself. I wonder how “she” got past your human -perception filter?

  3. The problem is that it is not very hard to write a little script that will perform these simple tasks (so much for “human perception”). Image-based CAPTCHAs are much more effective. I haven’t seen a single spam comment since I activated them on my own blog.

    Anyway, interesting site you have here. Good to see some interest in visualization from non-technical people.

  4. Yes, I have to figure out how to get the CaptCha! plugin to work. At the moment I seem to be missing some component to be able to activate it. More work on the command-line I guess.

  5. Hi there,

    I read your entry about online petitions – did you ever find out if anyone has researched to see how effective these are? I’d love to hear if you found anything. I can’t find anything online about it myself.

    Thanks. 🙂

  6. No, I haven’t seen any research about online petitions or, for that matter, about other types of petitions. Petitions like the “Doris Day” petition by Rick Mercer were successful just by the attention they got. It wasn’t meant to change Stockwell Day’s name so much as to highlight the absurdity of the referendum formula of the Canadian Alliance.

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