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Re: [Osdc-list] shutting off comments at a certain article age

Every comment I've gotten on an article that is over 3 months old has ALWAYS been spam.  So if there's a way to close comments automatically after a certain time period, that sounds like a fantastic idea to me.


----- Original Message -----
| It's not an incorrect observation and is normal. I think the theory
| (if you're a spammer) is that people with the delete button are less
| likely to notice or bother on old posts. I wouldn't argue with
| closing comments on things over a certain age as long as we can
| automate it.
| Karsten Wade <kwade redhat com> wrote:
| So I've noticed that the manual spam in the comments section of
| articles seems to land on older articles for me. Since I watch the
| comments of anything I comment on, it's not just that it's been a
| while since I wrote anything! In fact, it was a Chris Grams article
| from Feb 2010 that I just deleted a spam comment from.
| Lately I've noticed that some bloggers are closing comments on posts
| older than a certain age. There is always a way to contact the
| author,
| right?, so if someone really has a relevant comment they aren't
| entirely stuck.
| I'm curious what the types of comments are on posts that are >3
| months, >6 months, >12 months old? How many are relevant and how many
| spam?
| If it's overwhelmingly or entirely spam, perhaps we want to consider
| cutting comments off at that point - with a note about contacting the
| author or channel lead for follow-up.
| It's also possible I'm mis-perceiving the depth of problem. I only
| see
| a few such comments a month, but I figure some of you may see many
| more, and that's lots of us distracted if there is little to no value
| to what is being written.
| - Karsten
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