Should I make commenting harder to combat SPAM?

I’m getting hit with spam blasts a couple of times a day. I’m updating my filters each time, but they keep coming. And sometimes I’m out of pocket and the spam in the comments sticks around until I get to it.

I could make commenting harder. I don’t know, captcha, or some kind of account requirement or blacklist subscription or something else. Or I could just leave it along and do what I’m doing now.

Please spam this post with comments on this. Do you give a shit? Do you have strong personal feelings about one solution or another?

And, please excuse the non-review post. I do try to not do that.

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44 Responses to Should I make commenting harder to combat SPAM?

  1. Joseph Lewis says:

    If you added a feature, like captcha or an account requirement, I would happily jump through that extra hoop, if it made your life a little easier. I do not have strong feelings. About anything. I might be a little dead inside. Ever since the incident. But you don’t want to hear about that…

  2. Stripe says:

    Bryce, thank you for all your hard work and for consistently entertaining and informing the OSR community.

    We all know what spam is in this day and age. It’s like barnacles, you have to scrape them off the hull every now and again. It’s an extremely minor annoyance to your readers; I wouldn’t worry about us.

    Please just keep things the way they are. Don’t let the spammers and the haters get you to change one God damn thing. You’ll never please the haters. You’ll never stop all the spam. They both can go to Hell.

  3. DinoTuesday says:

    A reCAPTCHA requirement sounds like an elegant solution. It would keep your forum open for easy commenting, simultaneously blocking most spam bots. I found instructions online for how to integrate reCAPTCHA into WordPress blogs for free. I’d bet other OSR bloggers have advice on how they handle spam.

  4. I am annon but loyal and i love you says:

    I am very engaged with this blog and found you because i dont need a google account. The dont be evil mission of google is now a dodo bird and i fear for the future.

    Thank you bryce for allowing me to be myself

    Gabor and others i enjoy dont allow me to express myself in a way that respects me

    I dont blame them for this but i love you for what you do

    If you go for a capta maybe make it an easy one that is open source and vpn friendly?

    I love you and coffee and bryce is now a treasured part of my life ilook forward too

    Being free to comment in a way that i am comfortable with and engage with all the awesome folks looking to get better together?

    Thats so rare these days

  5. Anonymous says:

    I love not having hoops and think it makes this plave special

    But spam sucks ans i hate you have yo deal with it

  6. Totally Not Kent says:

    Instead of bothering with the technical hassles of implementing Captcha, you could present a simple challenge:

    “Are you Kent?” [yes|no]

  7. Anonymous says:

    I’m willing to deal with Captcha, signing in, any solution. The content is well worth any effort required to help alleviate the issue. Even if you take no steps, I’m going keep reading, so whatever works for you works for me!

  8. Bryce Lynch says:

    Hmmm, ok. I wonder if this works?

  9. Totally Not Kent says:

    No regerts I tested this.

  10. Doomwolf says:

    reCAPTCHA is fine by me , I would have no issues with it

  11. Anonymous says:


  12. Sevenbastard says:

    I was really hoping this was a review of a adventure with a really clever title.

  13. Reason says:

    Recaptcha is no issue.

    For me, nor is a sign in. Although it may be a bridge too far for newer or occasional readers to bother.

  14. Nobboc says:

    Captcha or Retinal Recognition, both are fine.

  15. James W. says:

    Captcha seems like the easier solution? But accounts work too.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Please choose all the pictures that resemble a bad adventure before continuing to the comments section….

  17. Patrick says:

    I rarely comment, so do what you have to do!

  18. Aron Clark says:

    Spam suck balls, maybe simple comment approval. Might slow dow the discourse a bit. Get the feeling this blog is a something you built from scratch. I’ve been messing around with WordPress and they do anti-spam tools.

  19. kencocan says:

    Stripe said: “Bryce, thank you for all your hard work and for consistently entertaining and informing the OSR community.

    We all know what spam is in this day and age. It’s like barnacles, you have to scrape them off the hull every now and again. It’s an extremely minor annoyance to your readers; I wouldn’t worry about us.”

    Please do whatever works best for you.

  20. squeen says:

    I’ll add my thanks to the list. Still an enjoyable read each time.

  21. Guillaume Chaudemanche says:

    Do whatever makes your life comfortable and gives you more time.

  22. Bryce Lynch says:

    Testy McTesterson number #2, cause the first thing didn’t filter out the spam

  23. Fuck You man says:

    Test 3

  24. Anonymous says:

    No capta if you can help it they suck

    But spam also sucks

    What about what Alex S does for his blog?
    To save this page you must answer this question:

    What is the name of the default page on this site? (The first link at the top.)

    Your name:
    Homepage URL:

    Alex is a longtime osr awesome dude rpg planet campaign wiki lots of qewsome stuff see

  25. Steve Jones says:

    Happy with whatever, but if you could fix the forum so validation emails actually get sent, that would be awesome.

  26. The Heretic says:

    Captcha sucks. I’d rather you don’t go that route.

  27. Prince says:

    Whatever pleases the host!

  28. Random guy says:

    Captcha sucks! Also I don’t read the comments anyway, because I read tenfootpole on Feedly, and the app doesn’t show the comments!

  29. Jacob72 says:

    Your idiosyncratic ramblings are mined with wisdom. So Id miss you if you gave up.

    I’m happy with Captcha. What are people’s objections to it?

  30. Matt P says:

    Captcha seems fine. You could also make all comments only publish after they’re reviewed and approved, though that sounds like it could be a lot of work.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Ironically, your quest against spam has led to everyone simply spamming the word “test” in the comments. On that note: test

  32. Maximilian D Wilson says:

    Between CAPTCHA and needing to sign in with a well-known identity provider like Google or Facebook or Github, I prefer sign-in, but it’s not a big deal either way. Mostly I just read anyway, usually don’t comment.

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  34. Anonymous says:

    I like the are you kent verification question 😉

  35. Kent says:

    Just when I thought I was back in the good books.

    • Bryce Lynch says:

      You’re in good books, always forever
      Near or far, closer together
      Everywhere I will be with you
      Everything I will do for you
      You’ve got…
      The most unbelievable blue eyes I’ve ever seen

  36. Steven says:

    Happy with Captcha if that works for you.

  37. Anonymous says:

    Sure go for it! Im down wiht some account recquirement, maybe I’ll get more active in the comments too!

  38. Anonymous says:

    Captcha should be fine.

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