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Having Trouble Leaving a Comment?

Linked to our issue with our ‘delightful’ unwanted spammers is this brief but equally frustrating message that I know a few of you are getting as you try to leave comments for your fellow AIS-R colleagues and/or other Coetail bloggers …..

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Of course I can’t share with you what the “spammy words” are but I can share with you the following things that could potentially get your comment identified as spam.

  • Acronyms – (I know, they are so prevalent in Education! But avoid using them if you can!)
  • Words in capitals for emphasis – (our anti-spam plugins don’t like it when you “shout”)
  • More than two (2) hyperlinks in your comment – (typical spammer technique)
  • Posting too many comments to Coetail blogs in a short space of time – (don’t leave your commenting to do all at once!)

Tried all these things BUT it still won’t let you post that comment?

Here’s what you can do next:  Copy your comment into an email to the blog author (usually a fellow AIS-R colleague). Make sure you cc me in the email and send it. (If it’s outside AIS-R and you don’t know/can’t find the author’s email, just email me so I see the comment content)

On your GradeSheet add the following:

  • In the Name of Blog space, paste hyperlink the post you wanted to comment on.
  • In the Comment URL space, type “emailed author & Chrissy”
  • Add the date posted (like you usually do)

I’ll be able to grade/give feedback on your comment because I’ve seen the content and will know the post that you are talking about.

Unwelcome Messages

Several of you have emailed me recently regarding “unwelcome messages” you’ve received.  I get them too so no need to forward them to me, just delete them from your email and from your coetail inbox too.

If you’re not sure where your Coetail Inbox messages are, run your mouse over your name in the top right hand corner of your blog when you are logged in and the following menu(s) will pop open …

We have some pretty tough anti-spam plugins activated on our coetail sites – you’d be amazed at how many we stop but occasionally the odd ones slip through! (Like the “delightful” Samara who is in fact a real person taking the time to do this annoying stuff!) 

Jeff wrote a great post called Spammer Dilemma on the main Coetail Blog.  In case you missed it, I’ve pasted it below for you.

Spammer Dilemma

Many of you….if not all of you…..received a message from a spammer last week here within our COETAIL system. You probably also received spam messages in your own email box as well….however those systems are getting really good at keeping them out of your eye sight…but they are still there.

flickr photo by pandemia https://flickr.com/photos/pandemia/3148748563 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

flickr photo by pandemia https://flickr.com/photos/pandemia/3148748563 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

Spammers are a constant problem with websites. On one hand we should be honored I guess that COETAIL gets enough traffic to be recognized as a spamming opportunity. On the other hand it becomes extremely frustrating playing the cat and mouse game with them.

I have already have had to give in to spammers on COETAIL in the following ways.

  • You’re blog must be approved by Kim or I as we have spammers trying to create blogs daily. So now we have extra work of trying to monitor which blogs being created are real COETAILers and which are spammers.
  • COETAILers are no longer free to create groups within COETAIL freely as spammers were creating all sorts of spam groups within the system.
  • We have two different spamming plugins running on the site to try and keep spammers out. This in turn slows the overall speed of the site down.

There there are spammers like the one that got through last week. That spammer was a real human who took the time to fill out all the information needed to create a real account. That type of spammer nobody can stop making it even more frustrating.

In the end I’m sure this is not the last spammer we’ll see here on the site. In the future if you would please just delete the spam message from your email and COETAIL inbox it would be appreciated.

Back to fighting the good fight!

Jeff