A newsletter reader posted multiple comments late last night, all of them containing more or less the same message. He then posted a last comment questioning why his previous comments didn’t “go through.” I decided to address “the problem” here in case others have the same question.
No comments posted to this newsletter at www.eogn.com ever “go through” until they are approved by myself. All newly-posted comments go to a hidden area that only I can see. Once I read the comment, I can make it visible to everyone with one mouseclick or I can erase it permanently with a different mouseclick.
More than 50% of all the comments posted are spam messages, some days it is 75% or more. The comments range from promotions of male sexual enhancement products to advertisements for fake reproductions of Rolex watches to mail order sales of pharmaceutical drugs and all sorts of other junk. Others promote various religious or political agendas or contain personal attacks on politicians.
Most of the unwanted comments are posted late at night U.S. time. I can see the I.P. address of every person who posts a comment and it is easy to find the location of an I.P. address. A high percentage of the spam comments come from countries in the Orient or the Middle East, mostly from third world countries with low standards of living. Some of the comments are written in foreign languages. Even those written in English are often full of spelling and grammatical errors.
I know from reading other online articles that many spammers hire people in low-income countries and pay them a few cents per hour to post spam messages anywhere and everywhere online they can in order to boost sales of this junk. I doubt if many people want to read those messages and I certainly don’t want them posted on my web site. Therefore, all comments wait in a hidden area until a human reviews each one.
I am sorry about the delay in publicizing new comments but I have never found a better solution.
On a slightly different topic, occasionally someone will post a comment containing a personal message to me, such as “when does my subscription expire?” or something similar. I normally answer those in email and then delete the comment. By the way, if you do wish to ask me a question, look in the menus to the right and click on “Contact Dick Eastman.” That message reaches me sooner.