A Little Hiccup With The Comments -- Our Apologies

from the sorry-about-that dept

As a few of you noted via email this morning, it seemed like our comments weren't working on the site. It seems that the anti-comment-spam system we've been using went a little haywire and appears to have sent a bunch of comments down a blackhole somewhere. Obviously, this is not a good thing -- and we're redoing some of the code to make it a bit more durable (sending someone down the blackhole to retrieve the comments apparently is not recommended). Apologies all around... but please feel free to repost any comments you may have made earlier. We really regret the inconvenience and are working to make it unlikely to happen again.
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  • identicon
    Grumpy Old Man, 12 Apr 2006 @ 9:49am

    Deleting Comments

    Awww I was waiting for the "Techdirt censors their comment section" comments to start getting posted agian :)

    GOM
    Signatures are for Wimps........Doh!!!!

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  • identicon
    Michael Vilain, 12 Apr 2006 @ 10:29am

    Pity

    Unfortunately, your system wasn't tuned to "that certain someone's" postings...

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  • identicon
    Dan, 12 Apr 2006 @ 10:29am

    oh noes!

    Cipher Trust strikes again!

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  • identicon
    ProFile, 12 Apr 2006 @ 10:54am

    mea culpa?

    Straight up admission for something gone awry? An apology and explaination? Seemingly in earnest?

    There'll be no USAdministration placement for you!!

    :-) BTW - Thank You

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    Chief Elf (profile), 12 Apr 2006 @ 10:57am

    Compensation!

    I demand a refund of everything I've paid Tech Dirt!

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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Apr 2006 @ 10:59am

    Right on!! Thanks for the update - it's very much apreciated

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    wolf000, 12 Apr 2006 @ 11:08am

    cool

    at least i know it's not my pc puking again. thanks for the update and keep up the good work. by the way if u do send someone down the blackhole could they bring back my emails that yahoo sent their a few years ago?

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  • identicon
    Ben McNelly, 12 Apr 2006 @ 11:30am

    Well, I said it before and i will say it again..

    I think tha

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  • identicon
    discojohnson, 12 Apr 2006 @ 11:36am

    can i get mine back?

    i spent a bit doing some real research to debunk someone...any way i can get you to forward my feedback back?

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  • identicon
    eric, 12 Apr 2006 @ 11:40am

    coverup

    comment spam
    comment spam
    comment spam

    I sense a coverup. A decided lack of stories this morning. What kind of virus was it?

    comment spam
    comment spam
    comment spam

    Man if it doesn't filter this, it isn't working.

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      Mike (profile), 12 Apr 2006 @ 12:36pm

      Re: coverup

      I sense a coverup. A decided lack of stories this morning. What kind of virus was it?

      Huh? Who said it was a virus? It wasn't. It was just that the comment spam filter went down, and since all comments run through that filter, the comments all disappeared. We now have it set to bypass the filter if the system goes down again.

      Man if it doesn't filter this, it isn't working.

      Wouldn't you think that the comment spam system is a bit more sophisticated? How many comment spam comments use the phrase "comment spam"?

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  • identicon
    StinkyJones, 12 Apr 2006 @ 11:41am

    The Shocker....

    Sometimes I enjoy making objects disappear into my own black hole. *wink*

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  • identicon
    Denny Love, 12 Apr 2006 @ 11:46am

    hrm..

    That last comment was plain scary...

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  • identicon
    Road, 12 Apr 2006 @ 11:52am

    Don't pay any mind to Jabba the Hutt. The only thing he's ever shoved in a black hole is a few twinkys from the kwicky mart.

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  • identicon
    Road, 12 Apr 2006 @ 11:53am

    Don't pay any mind to Jabba the Hutt. The only thing he's ever shoved in a black hole is a few twinkys from the kwicky mart.

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  • identicon
    JabberwockyDreams, 12 Apr 2006 @ 11:58am

    StinkyJones

    My advice is ye best beware of the scurvy cur known as "StinkyJones". Many a cold, lonely night at sea can make a sailor loose in the mind as well as other places...

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  • identicon
    Josh, 12 Apr 2006 @ 12:23pm

    test test

    testing...
    1
    2
    3

    testing...

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  • identicon
    Justin, 12 Apr 2006 @ 12:51pm

    I hate spam. While growing up I thought I hated hamburger, but then I found out my Mom was passing spam off as hamburger and hamburger off as steak.

    So Mike by all means filter that retched spam.

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    Mike in Arkansas, 12 Apr 2006 @ 7:51pm

    anti-comment-spam system ... went a little haywire

    I don't like any kind of spam...

    canned spam, fried spam, broiled spam, or boiled spam...

    e-mail spam, comment spam...

    spam blogs and spam pages - (content is worthless and not original, but rates high on the search engines; pulls in traffic that may click on ads)...

    While I don't get a lot of visitors to my blog, Out 'n About, about half the ones that do get through are comment spam.

    I hate spam of any kind!

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  • identicon
    Straughan Photo, 13 Apr 2006 @ 1:24am

    I HATE SPAM 2

    I really hate spam too.

    My site, StraughanPhoto, has never received a hit from comment spam. Please do me a favor, and let me see how many people actually click on this link if TechDirt does not remove it!

    Thanks!

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  • identicon
    Professor Highbrow, 16 Apr 2006 @ 7:26pm

    I wondered wtf was going on

    spam spam spam buy viagra here now. only four dollah.
    Im am going to sue you for making my comments disappear.

    Actually, I'm just not gonna post on here or read it anymore, because Techdirt sucks now. Wasn't bad for a while though, but all good things must come to an end I guess.
    Professor Highbrow has retired from Techdirt

    --Prof. Highbrow.

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