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25.11.03

As you may know, spammers have started to invade blog comments, and this site has seen its share of it.
While many developers are working on ways to prevent comment spam (I know there's some serious work going on on the WordPress side, and other blog tools seem to get solutions aswell), and until I can apply one of these automated ways on cafelog.com, I will have to silently check the comments and delete the spam, as I have done these past two months.

So here's the policy:
  • If your comment definitely is spam, it is deleted.
  • If it looks or feels like spam, it is deleted.
    I don't care if your URL just happens to be cheap-ass-stuff.com or wowlookatgirlz.nu: if your comment is on topic but your URL leads to a site with a crappy URL and the site aims to sell something dodgy, tough luck. You should have commented without an URL, that's all: cafelog.com is not an advertising billboard.
  • If your comment is on a very old post, I may just delete it on sight. If it was a genuine on topic comment, blame yourself for commenting a post that no one is going to visit anymore, instead of bringing the issue on the support forums.
  • If your comment is a flame/insult, it is deleted.

This is not censorship, it's just keeping the spam out. So if you commented, and you don't see your comment anymore, you know what happened.

Fortunately, if you read and understood this post you are not likely to be affected by this policy. ; ) 
michel v @ 23:44:17 364
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03.11.03

NewsGator Technologies, makers of a great news aggregator for Outlook, released a posting plug-in for b2, allowing NewsGator users to post directly to b2 from Outlook. Titles and categories are supported.
If you are a NewsGator+b2 user, you can download the plugin on their website (it should also work with WordPress, b2evolution, b2++, or any b2-based blogware). : ) 

Note: This is a late post on my part, I'm sorry about it: the email about it had gotten shot as a false-positive by the spam filter -- proof that you should always check for false-positives in your email client!
michel v @ 00:34:21 398
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