(I’m not really posting this. I’m still in major hermit-mode, but I had to share this before I forgot. Memory retention of a brain injured goldfish, that’s me).
I’ve found another use for coComment – verifying if something is spam or not.
It works like this:
I have Bright Meadow set up to record every comment people make (mwhahahhaaa! I’m keeping my eye on you!). coComment will only collect the comment, however, if someone has actually hit the ‘submit’ button on the comment form.
So, if a sneaky little spam-bot has left a comment, coComment doesn’t track it.
Occasionally, comments get through Akismet that are ambiguous. It could be spam, it could be a comment left by a nice person (case in point, one I had tonight that said “I love this site, good work…”) with a proper name, and a url that isn’t too obviously a spam blog. Now, sometimes I might let a comment like that slide, especially if I remove the URL from the comment, but if I do that Akismet doesn’t learn, so I am spammed forever more.
Dealing with one or two of these tonight, I realised that if they aren’t listed on Bright Meadow’s coComment page, the chances are, they weren’t left by a human.
Well, I wouldn’t want to delete a comment that was genuinely saying nice things about me now, would I?