This is a photo diary of my costuming "travels"; where I've learned and struggled to make historical costumes for myself. They're not always pretty, but always fun. And I want to share with others what I learn along the way. **You can find me on Facebook, or have my posts delivered to your email by signing up at the lower part of the right column.**



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HI, my name is Val. I'm a Past President & member of the San Diego Costume Guild,Costumer's Guild West in Los Angeles, and Orange County Costume Guild, & a representative of the San Diego History Center, and an honorary member of SITU (Someplace in Time, Unlimited) in Seattle. I make my own historical costumes but don't sell any unless I get tired of it.The eras I've made so far are 1770 up to 1918. My favorite is the 1880s bustle.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Spam blocking

Some of my readers who are also bloggers may have noticed your comment counts have gone down on your blogs, and I wondered that myself about mine when I would see literally hundreds of visitors but sadly no comments. I know they're not really needed (of course they are!) but are greatly desired. Another blogger and I wondered why my comments weren't showing up on her blog too. So I asked my friends to do a test comment on mine and one comment I received was the Captcha/letter spam test was so hard to read that she just didn't want to make the effort. I also have had that problem on other blogs and I know you can click to get different ones till one comes up that you can read. But what a PITA.

So yesterday, dear readers, I eliminated that requirement on my blog. It is now just set to Moderation, so your comment won't show up on my blog until I approve it. I wish even needing that wasn't necessary but trust me, it is. You should see some of the comments that never show up for you to read.

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So please, if you so like, comment away. And thank you.
Val

7 comments:

  1. Yay! I have a lot of problems commenting on blogger, frequently I don't even try. This should help.

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  2. I like the spammers - they make me giggle. :-) My favorites are the "you can get similar dress here! Follow this spamware link!"

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  3. Yay, thank you! I don't have captcha or moderation on, because the hundreds of spams I am getting are all ending up in the spam filter, not one single one has hit a post yet, which I think is remarkably efficient of dear old Blogger. But moderation is a great idea!

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  4. Thanks! Google recently made captcha "easier," but it's still a pain. I'll try to comment more often now.

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  5. I agree, the captcha thing is a pain. After reading this post yesterday I decided to change my comments to moderation only as well. I had a couple spam comments this morning which unusual so I may turn the captcha/letter test back on. I'm going to see how it goes. Thanks for this post.
    -Emily

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    1. Emily, I'm finding it easier to just delete and block the couple I get, as compared to so many readers who would like to leave comments but are discouraged.
      Val

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    2. I'm finding I'm getting more spam with the captcha/letter test turned off. But it seems, like you, I'm getting just a few spam messages here and there so I can just block and delete as you suggested. I know when I first started blogging I had trouble leaving comments so I know how frustrating and discouraging to can be!
      -Emily

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I would love to hear if this was any help to you. Pretty please!