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.

  • Nick


    I figured as much. I know how it feels to be swamped by work. :)

    A week without the Watch isn’t a big deal compared to security problems. Except, of course, for the BATB fans who need to gloat about 90210 being cancelled.

  • AppleStinx

    Hopefully hypertext links in pre-attack comments, which still reside in your server with links, won’t present a threat when those posts are accessed.

  • Robert Seidman

    @Apple: the issue isn’t the links, but our future ability to monitor spam.

    @Nick: they can gloat if they like but I had 90210 as a likely cancellation.

  • Zach

    I assume this be why Chrome was in full freakout past few days on TVBTN

  • iggy

    I needed my fix of dumb comments yesterday so I just went back to twitter.

  • tommie

    pls renew secrat circal

  • Justin121

    TV By the FLOPS :D

    I honestly thought you turned off the commenting system due to all the (FLOP) trolling :D

  • Justin121

    “@Bill Gorman

    Does this hyperlink ban include the automatic ones, like “”, “cancellation.bear”, etc?”

    Because of the “no hyperlink” policy, I have turned off automatic hyper linking in comments. Those terms are still fair game in the comments, they just won’t get linked.

    Which should have been the case from a long, long time go.

    Whatever you fixed/updated seems to have also fixed the problem I was having over the last few weeks with getting an error msg abt “invalid data” on posts.

    I hope you’re right. I’ve been having the same problem for quite some time.

  • JulieDawn


    Rudeness and unnecessary cruelness in a comment about a person you don’t even know only serves to make readers realise how childish you are, and therefore invalidates anything else you say – whether it has merit or not.

  • JulieDawn

    Oh and Tom – it’s Beasties, not Beastlies.

  • Stefan

    Some oftopic: What was the reason to quit Disqus?

  • KS

    @Bill and @Robert

    Do you mind telling us what exactly has happened and how did you clear that up? Must have been a tough job for you guys. You must have taken weekend off!

  • Jase L.

    Thanks for getting commenting reenabled so quickly. I don’t post that often myself, but I enjoy reading everyone else’s comments.

  • The End

    Great that you have comments restored, perhaps you could do a flag post button for any spam that gets through the net? You know something that brings said post to your attention?

    >invalid data

    Invalid data and me have a love hate relationship, it seems to rear its ugly head when I write long posts here. Sorta like it’s telling me I’m probably rambling on too long by preventing it appearing after submitting lol.

  • Hillbilly

    AppleStinx is really a middle aged woman, don’t let his picture fool you. :grin:

  • Hillbilly

    Will hyper links to this site be disallowed too?

  • Hillbilly

    Sorry for trying.

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Posted March 3, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    I don’t want to cause the blue team extra work so i won’t do it again. :oops:

  • AppleStinx

    Hillbilly wrote: “AppleStinx is really a middle aged woman, don’t let his picture fool you. :grin:

    You’re one confused puppy, but I wouldn’t be surprised since middle aged women in your neck of the woods look more manly than you in your gravatar (is that Mammy Yokum of Li’l Abner?). :lol:

  • brutony

    blah blah blah!!! The Cancellation Bear has been HUNGRY-RRROOOAAARRR!!!!

  • MichaelChickless


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