The system worked to eliminate manual spam however:-
- I have now made my subscribe to comments legally compliant even if someone’s manual marketing spam does get through.
- 2 people over the last 3 weeks contacted me saying they couldn’t see the comment form despite confirming they had the cookie set correctly.
- A few people had problems working out the system, and getting back to the originating page – that was something fixable had the cookies remained
I recently wrote about the dangers of collective intelligence, and in particular Akismet that uses a collective database. For me, any legitimate comment that gets lost whether positive or negative is not an option.
Two people took the trouble to contact me that they couldn’t work out how to comment. I am sure there were others who didn’t use the contact form.
I have left a big chunk of legalese looking information before the comment form that will hopefully still act as a deterrent, but there is no longer a physical barrier from commenting.
The code goes to the graveyard, it might however like a phoenix rise from the ashes, either for its original purpose, or as often happens, in some other hair brained code implementation.
That is what experimentation is all about.