We Know About The Overzealous Spam Filter

By Quintin Smith on November 16th, 2010 at 10:21 am.

Stare into the trumpet of tomorrow.
UPDATE: Should be functioning as intended now.

We’re getting some emails from you guys about some of your comments being incorrectly recognised as spam. We’re currently investigating the problem and we’ll be fixing it ASAP. Apologies, gents and gentesses.

EDIT: Please comment as much as normal (or even more than normal) so we can test the new filter. How did you sleep, readers? Did you sleep okay?

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  1. Rich says:

    This is a test.

  2. Meneth says:

    It’s stopped eating my comments, at least.

  3. Meneth says:

    “It’s stopped eating my comments, at least.”
    Wait, nevermind, it just ate that.

  4. Meneth says:

    “”It’s stopped eating my comments, at least.””
    “Wait, nevermind, it just ate that.”
    And that.
    I wonder if it’ll ever let my comment through.

  5. Meneth says:

    I wonder if this will get through the filter. Probably not. It ate my three previous comments on this post.
    Edit: it actually got through 0.o
    Edit2: uhm, sorry about the quadruple post. My comments got restored.

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      mpk says:

      That just means that the spam filter is self aware enough to have developed comic timing.

      EDIT: Where’s my badger?

    • Wilson says:

      @Meneth – Reading your comments was a slightly odd, but amusing experience. I think they improve the quality of the comments in this thread.

      Edit: Woah, the edit interface is strange. But it is so, so nice to have the power again. It took me this long to try an edit because I feared it might fail which would break my heart.

      Edit Two: Also, does the edit interface not bring you back to your post after you press save? If so, it’s annoying, but I guess every silver lining has a cloud.

    • Meneth says:

      As long as it’s a benevolent dictator, I’m fine with it becoming self-aware.
      And yeah, editing is nice.

    • Rich says:

      I think you fed it too much and vomited them all back up.

    • Wilson says:

      @mpk – For some reason I associate badgers with Neverwinter Nights now. One of my early experiences with the game was spawning a horde of badgers that chewed my brother’s character to death in multiplayer. So maybe your badger is in a fantasy world, attacking some wannabe adventurer.

    • Chris D says:

      I, for one, welcome our new self-aware, spam-filtering overlords.

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      mpk says:

      @Wilson

      Nah, I meant Granville, my pet badger. He’s in the garden munching on the postman. Hehe, no one ever believes that sign.

      Also, where’s my avatar pic went?

    • Meneth says:

      All hail the Spamomatron!
      Note: this almost certainly probably isn’t the Spamomatron posting.

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    mpk says:

    I actually did want to plug my penis enlargement business but hey! If RPS doesn’t want me offering this fantastic service to their readers I’ll just have to go elsewhere!

  7. Schadenfreude says:

    Testes, testes. One, two, three!?

  8. Chris D says:

    I stayed up way too late and then realised I had woken up much too early and wouldn’t be able to sleep again before I had to get up for real. I’ll probably crash later. Thanks for asking.

  9. jon_hill987 says:

    Hello! This is interesting topic. I like buy electrical goods from http://www.Amazon.com.

    EDIT: I thought it would block that…

    • jon_hill987 says:

      I’m surprised it didn’t mark that as spam…

    • jon_hill987 says:

      I would have thought it would have got that one…

    • Wilson says:

      Wow! That was a great comment and I think so too. But everyone should check out these awesome shoes I found online: http://www.JimmyChoo.com

    • Meneth says:

      It has become so intelligent now, it knows when you’re testing it.

    • Rich says:

      Oh great, now the spam-eater can’t keep anything down.

    • Thants says:

      Something something Ugg Boots.

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      Thermal Ions says:

      It let it through because although you’re post promoted in me thoughts of reflection and truth in my heart which must now I share with my acquaintances you forgot to mention the genuine NFL Jerseys that are available at hxxp://www.nfljerseys.us (no don’t click the link)

      EDIT: Damn still didn’t block it. Link disabled.

  10. Spacewalk says:

    At least now in the future we’ll know that you have built robots to toot horns for you.

    Oh hey, you’re running the words that don’t make any sense version of CAPTCHA. Of this I approve greatly. And I am definitely not posting comments too quickly, thankyouverymuch.

    • Meneth says:

      If you register, you don’t have to enter CAPTCHAs. Plus, you can then have an avatar.

    • Man Raised By Puffins says:

      Unregistered plebs can also have avatars, you just need to go to the gravatar site to set them up (which I suppose probably isn’t common knowledge anymore as it was bally ages ago that they were set up). I’d say the biggest benefit to registering now is yon edit function.

    • RagingLion says:

      Thank you so much for that info. Finally my proper avatar emerges!

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      RaveTurned says:

      I also approve of this info. :)

    • Spacewalk says:

      @Meneth
      But the CAPTCHAs, how could anyone bring themselves to posting without entering words such as “thought, Lrwood”?

  11. Out Reach says:

    this was an amazing alternative my income is secure now due to the news I get so many compliments on my new Bentley [some really suspicious url here] when I got my first check I payed off the rest of my house i hope you decide to attempt this

    • Wilson says:

      @Out Reach – I think this wins the award for ‘best fake spam comment’ so far. I especially liked the near total lack of punctuation and few capitals.

  12. jon_hill987 says:

    I think it picked up my deliberately spam-like comment, but will it trash this one…

  13. Wilson says:

    It all makes me think of this Penny Arcade comic about spam: http://www.penny-arcade.com/images/2001/20011231l.gif

  14. Chris D says:

    You like video games and the internet so you’re probably a loser. Buy nice shoes from fakeshoesRus.com

    Then you might be able to make some real friends.

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    mrpier says:

    Sleeptyping! < that word is too short, and now I'm submitting too fast!

    EDIT: At least editing works

  16. Tusque d'Ivoire says:

    I dreamt about Alec Baldwin. I was there for dinner with my parents, and I don’t think he knew us too well or even knew why we were there, but he was cool. weird.

  17. Meneth says:

    Would it be possible to post a Spamomatron-acceptable comment, then edit in the spam? Or are edits filtered too?

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    mrpier says:

    _

  19. Varcynal says:

    I live in Australia, I will sleep soon. I probably won’t sleep well. Thanks for asking

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      Thermal Ions says:

      Me, I’ll stay up way too late gaming, sleep really really soundly until the alarm goes off, and then drift bleary eyed through the work day trying to stay awake, regretting staying up and promising not to do the same tomorrow. Rinse and repeat. Oh well – the weekend and sleeping in will get here sooner or later.

  20. Mike says:

    I dunno, I slept okay, I guess. Had this weird dream though, I forget what about. Always the way, eh? I think the problem is in the heating system in the flat, it’s no good and we’re not double-glazed. Gosh it’s nice that someone actually asks that question for once, normally no-one’s ever interested in how I am and it can be hard being a tiny bug sometimes.

  21. gulag says:

    Very well, except that I appear to be posting comments too quickly…

  22. sneetch says:

    I slept terribly, I finally got to sleep about 5:30 this morning I think the belief that you guys thought I was a spammer was what kept me awake.

    When I work up this morning after far too little sleep my pillows were tear stained.

  23. Novotny says:

    I would sleep much better if I had some real genuine, 100% NFL jerseys from http://www.real100precentnfljerseys.com

  24. Man Raised By Puffins says:

    Hmm… it just snaffled a comment with a couple of links in.

    (and apparently I’m posting comments too quickly despite my last post being 5 minutes ago)

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      Man Raised by Puffins says:

      Oh, its turned up now.

      Now I’m logged in, I seem to have picked up the ability to edit my logged out comments. Which is strange as they use different e-mails.

  25. MadTinkerer says:

    Wazzzzzuupppppp!?!?! if you want Awesome OEM Software, Prada Shoes, and b!G p3n0r to SATISFY HER click on…

    No I’m just kidding, and testing to see just how sentient the filter is.

  26. cHeal says:

    New CAPTCHA. YAY!!!!!!!!!!

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    Colthor says:

    I didn’t sleep terribly well, and woke up late, still tired. And I was freezing from the knees down all day yesterday.

    Edit: This was my first comment after creating an account (Fine! I will! Expecting me to read all those letters and type them back in…), and this is my first edit.

  28. Tony M says:

    I think Kieron broke it. Since hes not part of the Hive Mind anymore he keeps trying to sneak his deviant sex game musings into the comments thread.

  29. Mac says:

    I had a nightmare last night – where I was unable to internet rage on forums due to an out of control spam filter – glad it was just a dream :)

  30. Quxxy says:

    Gorn. Sausage. Seemly. Prodding. Vacuum. Bound. Vole. Recidivist. Caribou. Intercourse…

    Nice, woody words.

  31. TheApologist says:

    I slept poorly. The cat woke me up, and then didn’t even have anything interesting to say. He just tapped me on the shoulder, meeoowed once, and then paused unnervingly close to my face for slightly too long.

  32. Evo says:

    This comment has been deleted by the Spamomatron. Replies may also be deleted.

  33. The Man says:

    I’ve had better. Seriously, I have!

  34. alseT says:

    Something about pumps. Great pumps pumps pumps. It shows how out of sync I am with the fairer gender that I didn’t even know what they were refering to initially.

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    stahlwerk says:

    “You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.”

    I was trying to post a comment to the apb post a few posts up. My first comment of the day. What’s up with that?

    Edit: finally it worked, after the tenth try.

    • Rane2k says:

      Same problem here, it tells me to “Slow down” after something like 15 hours. :-)

      (Hope this one comes through?)

  36. Teronfel says:

    “hello world”

    spam,spam,spam,spam,i’m a spammer block this comment

    • Teronfel says:

      Mr spam filter i’m not a spammer,please don’t block my comments

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  38. Trayder says:

    There was something wrong!? Oh good, thought it was just me, being the first time I’d tried to post and all.

  39. Antsy says:

    Is anyone else hungry? I’m bloody starving!

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    The Sombrero Kid says:

    i figured my post got eaten because it had marketplace in it.

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    The Sombrero Kid says:

    or maybe it was games for windows.

  42. jon_hill987 says:

    So is there a huge delay between entering a comment and it turning up on the site? Also how soon is “too soon to post again”?

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    • K says:

      I <3 teh f4ke Spam olol.

      Also, my captcha was “sensible Molyneux”. Fuck yeah?!

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    Jerricho says:

    I slept rather well thank you but then my alarm clock didn’t go off and I was late to work… not that anyone noticed. So… anyone watch the Rugby at the weekend?

  45. Rane2k says:

    Try 5:

    Can´t post anymore, it tells me: “You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.”

    Edit Test: Logging out and then logging in again with the Login at the bottom of the page (instead of the one in the navbar on top) seemed to work. Weird.

  46. adonf says:

    “Should be functioning as intended now.”

    Not really. It just ate two comments I posted to the Grey Matter thread (actually one comment and a slightly modified repost because it wouldn’t let me post the same thing again).

    Also I didn’t sleep too well because I had too much Indian food last night (maybe that’s why I’m posting comments too quickly and need to slow down)

  47. Delusibeta says:

    Slightly off topic: but logging in seems much more reliable and the RPS captcha system has been replaced. It won’t be missed, since reCaptcha is (in my opinion) one of the best captcha systems out there. Also, editing direct from the news post (even though it takes you away from the news post to text box on it’s own).

  48. wyrmsine says:

    I slept fine, thanks, on my new something something mattress. Well, it isn’t actually new, but it still feels great! Or possibly it’s that I’m finally trying out this “eight hours of sleep” thing I’ve been hearing about for so long. Who knew?

  49. Unaco says:

    I had a shit sleep… couldn’t sleep on Sunday night, but still had to be up to teach at 9am Monday. Then, even though I was hella-tired, I couldn’t get to sleep last night, til about 4 or 5am, and had to get up to teach again today. I’m currently considering a Churchill style afternoon sleep.

    Also… I’m not posting comments too quickly. But something, or someone, seems to think I am.

    Edit: That’s twice now I’ve been told I’m commenting too quickly… the two times I’ve tried to comment with the new system. Both times, if I went back in my browser, and submitted my comment again, it has gone straight through/

  50. Stick says:

    Posting while not logged in to mention I sleep alright, just very rarely at the same time as all the other people in the same time zone. Suspect personal clock set to a 27-hour day.

    Also, providing potentially valuable data point. You’re welcome.