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Greeting, Courier readers and bloggers. We have had some luck with our new spam filter catching spammers. However, I'm worried it may be a little overzealous and we may be banning legitimate users from the site. So, I'm going to ask any new users to please do me a favor.

When you sign up as a user on the site, please try to post a blog immediately. I'll likely be able to tell from the type of blog that you post whether you are a legitimate user or a spammer. I may also email new users at the email addresses they provide and ask a few questions that only people familiar with this area would be able to answer.

The problem lies in the type of email addresses people have. Ninety-nine percent of the spammers we had problems with had @yahoo.com or @gmail.com email addresses. So, whenever someone has an email address from either of those domains, we have a tough time distinguishing the user from a spammer.

And when someone simply signs up to use the site and does not immediately try to post a blog, we have to guess -- using only the user's email address -- whether they're legitimate.

Hollie Barnidge
Courier managing editor

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lholmes commented on Sunday, Dec 11, 2011 at 22:30 PM

doesn't seem to be working. Better luck next time.

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