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Against Monopoly

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Open Thread

Monopoly corrupts. Absolute monopoly corrupts absolutely.





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Comment Spam

Following a suggestion of a commentator, and based on reading the google blog, all links in comments are now marked "nofollow". This means that while the link works as normal, it will not be counted for Google page rankings. As the comment spam is being left by human beings paid by spammers (mostly hired from Amazon Mechanical Turk apparently) we may hope that the spammers are intelligent enough not to pay for links that won't increase their page ranks and will leave us alone. I will continue to be vigilant and delete spam as it appears. Let's see if that works before introducing registration and "trusted" users.

Comment Spam

This is for contributors: if you access the blog in administrative mode (edit posts) the comment bar on the right now gives you the option of deleting the comment. This should make it quick and easy to get rid of spam, so please do. Notice that if you are unsure whether a comment is spam from the preview it is always safe to click on delete - you will then see the entire post and can hit cancel or just close the page if it isn't really spam and shouldn't be deleted.

Comment Spam

We need to take measures against comment spam. Programmatic methods (better capchas and so forth) seem unlikely to work since some of the spam is clearly human generated. Moderation seems the best solution, but would likely to lead to substantial delays in posting. How do people feel about a limited moderation solution: anyone can flag a comment as spam causing the comment to vanish and the moderator to be notified so that it can be restored if it is not actually spam? This system seems possibly subject to abuse if commentators start marking each others posts as spam. Comments or alternative suggestions?

Open Thread

Since there has been a lot of discussion John suggested rather than having it all as comments to a single post, I create an open thread for general discussion. I will try to set up an open thread each Monday for whatever IP topics catch the imagination and see how it goes. So go ahead, and post away comments to this posting on whatever IP/Monopoly topics you'd like.


   

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