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Comments Anyone?

Lots of hits this week, though the only comments I received were those sent back privately to my posting on the Specman User's Group.  Is it possible that everyone reading my blog agreed with everything I had to say?  Not likely!  One reason people may not be posting comments is they may not want to share their email address (currently required for posting a comment).  Fair enough.  If you're active in the blogosphere you'll be aware of the big problem with comment spam.  Comment spam is just like regular email spam, but consists of people posting irrelevant comments to blogs in order to increase the ranking of their site on search engines (especially blog search engines like Technorati and Google Blog Search). 

The folks at Six Apart (makers of Movable Type, Typepad, and LiveJournal) have put in place two possible solutions.  First, post your comment and your email. The comments go in a queue and get posted as I approve them.  Unfortunately, no spam filters yet (though other blogging platforms have them) so if someone did decide to post a significant amount of spam I'd have to delete the comments one by one.  Another possibility is for anyone who wants to post on blogs to get a TypeKey account.  Once you have a TypeKey account, you can use it to post on many blogs and maintain complete control over how your contact information is used.  You can decide not to share your email address at all, share it only with the blog owner (so he or she can respond to your comment privately if needed), or to share it with everyone as part of your TypeKey profile.  Read the site for more info.  Either way, I'd love to hear from everyone reading the site - whether you agree or disagree with me.  Hey, I can take it!  If it gets too bad, I can always go have a lunchable...!