Commenting On Posts Restored, Comment Away!

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March 2nd, 2013


Commenting on posts has now been re-enabled. Feel free to comment away!

As a result of tightened security measures we have undertaken, we broke a tool that was very effective at getting rid of tons of automated spam. The only way to get comments working again quickly was either slacken security (not OK!) or abandon that tool, so we made the decision to abandon that spam blocking tool.

Consequently, we're now blocking comments with ANY hyperlinks in them in a not quite as elegant, and somewhat brute force, spam limitation measure.

Other than that, comments are open.

  • Carmen

    Just got home and saw this thread that stated that posting was now re-opened. really?

  • carigis

    lol.. your posting right now..

  • psychic


  • Nigel


  • Neil

    Let the flood of inane chatter begin :-)

  • Robert Seidman

    to be clear, the comments are completely unrelated to any site security issue. Your comments are secure and comments aren’t part of the problems we experienced.

    As a result of tightened security though, we broke a tool that was very effective at getting rid of tons of automated spam, and the only way to get comments working again quickly was either slacken security (not OK!) or abandon that tool.

  • rob60990

    Thank you for fixing it. Hopefully there will be no future problems. :)

  • Melissa

    It’s actually a good idea to block hyperlinks, just tested it to see if it’s blocked, and it is!

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Security almost always is a tradeoff between security and functionality. The problem is that many companies treat security as NOT being a “corporate goal” – when in fact it should be because these days a security breach can at any time result in the complete destruction of the corporation. Just imagine this site serving up kiddie porn for example.

    And that situation is only going to get worse over the next decade or so until both the software and the telecommunication industries completely revise their engineering and development practices to embed security thinking in their designs. And given human nature to resist change until it gets a boot up its butt, that isn’t going to happen until those industries and the corporations dependent on them are nailed to the wall by losses.

  • Fake Me Out

    Warning! Warning! Security breach detected!! Or is the above cool?

  • Ray

    This was obviously an attack by one of the networks enraged at the influence TVBTN has gained and its ability to destroy their quality programming.

    Is the bear ok? Has he been taken hostage?

  • Andoni

    Hope everything turns out well for you guys and the site is fully operational again.

    I also hope the bear is ok, as @Ray noted :D .

  • Bill Gorman

    “I also hope the bear is ok,”

    The bear lives!

    Long live the bear!

  • carole

    So happy comments are working..

  • Fake Me Out

    Don’t be fooled by Bill’s PR spin. Has the bear been seen in public? Has he given any media availability events? Have any of his friends actually heard from him since this started? No, No & No. Clearly the bear has been taken hostage, or worse, and Bill & Robert are covering to protect the company’s share price that would tank worse than Zero Hour if anything happened to the bear. You can’t fool us, expect a call shortly from the 60 Minutes team.

  • TVDude

    Glad everything’s back. Hope you didn’t loose too many page views over the last week. For what it’s worth, you probably got even more from me as I tried to figure out why my comments weren’t posting. :)

  • Hi

    I love Nikita!

  • joel

    The site seems so much more pleasant and peaceful when there’s no posting allowed.

  • JulieDawn

    Yes the bear stayed quite active on Twitter I noticed…I’m sure having recently woken up from mid-winter hibernation he really is hungry. ;)

  • JulieDawn

    OMG! Testing something “this is testing sorry” – and more testing/testing/isn’t this fun.

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