The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

19 July 2004

Not so damn smart

I don't have a whole lot of faith in software-filtration systems, and here is Exhibit F. To this article at Fragments from Floyd, I attempted to post the following comment:

I've used the CA product for several years; results were satisfactory enough that 42nd and Treadmill, on my recommendation, installed it on all the corporate boxes under a site license.

The firewall that comes packaged with the EZ Armor package, incidentally, is a rebranded ZoneAlarm.

The comment was rejected with the following curt missive:

Your comment submission failed for the following reasons:

Your comment could not be submitted due to questionable content.

Please correct the error in the form below, then press POST to post your comment.

Emphasis in the original.

I have no idea exactly what Fred's using to keep down the spammers, but it's obviously turned up too high. (It won't take a ping for this, either, for the same reason.)

Posted at 7:47 PM to Blogorrhea

Maybe it's the combination of the words "product", "results were satisfactory", "recommendation", and "package". Those words certainly appear often enough on my own spam.

Posted by: sya at 6:47 AM on 20 July 2004

HiYa, Chaz... the blog comment nasty threshold is DEFINITELY set too low by MT Blacklist. I've entered no new terms to the default setting, but can't get any read on why innocuous comments are blocked, one or two every day. Hope soon to move to the FREE Version 3 and circumvent this aggravation. Thanks for the input on EZ Armour--it's in place and hopefully as restrictive against viruses as Blacklist is against supposed spam.

Posted by: fred1st at 12:46 PM on 25 July 2004