November 12, 2005

The Pants-on-Fire Administration

Mark Kleiman has this on the president's "unpatriotic" Veteran's Day address.

Posted by armand at November 12, 2005 09:18 AM | TrackBack | Posted to Politics


Why did it not let me post my message? It said there was questionable content in my subtype? Conservative comments not allowed?

Posted by: big country at November 12, 2005 02:00 PM | PERMALINK

If you would read the site notes, or perhaps scroll down a few posts, you might find an answer to your question. That might require thought and effort on your part, which is not as easy as claiming bias.

Likewise, repeated posts in a short period of time sometimes are blocked by the software as spam.

UPDATE: Your comment had words in it that matched "poker spam" terms. In case you didn't know, we sometimes get thousands of spams comments per day, most from three sources: poker/casinos, porn, and pharmaceuticals. The program gives only a general response, i.e. bad content, and is not refined enough to give a specific message about which words were caught in the spam trapper.

Posted by: binky at November 12, 2005 02:03 PM | PERMALINK

I can vouch for the necessity of a slightly overzealous spam filter for comments and trackbacks. On my own site it's easily a 50-1 ratio for comments, and well over 1000-1 for trackbacks.

Posted by: StealthBadger at November 12, 2005 04:32 PM | PERMALINK

And in this case, unfortunately the word in question is "texas." Many if not all of the poker spammers use some version of 'texas hold 'em" in their siren's song. As an experiment, I have moved "texas" to the moderate, not block, category. If there is so much spam that it starts pissing me off to delete it myself, well, texas goes back on the bad list. We might have to come up with a community euphemism, or just use the postal abbreviation TX.

Posted by: binky at November 12, 2005 04:47 PM | PERMALINK

It's usually safe to just junk the word h o l d e m (with no spaces) and moderate on the word poker.


Posted by: StealthBadger at November 12, 2005 11:25 PM | PERMALINK
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