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Monday, November 11, 2013

Blogger Headaches!

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I’m wracking my brain – yes, the correct term is wracking, not wrecking although that can apply too—over  what to do during Giveaways, etc. so that EVERYONE has a chance to enter and win.

First off, you have to know that the SPAM and SCAM bots are TERRIBLE if I don’t do something in the commenting process to keep them at bay. 

And this is such a busy blog --- imagine slogging through 100 spams a day, just to get through to the messages that are really real?

I don’t have time to moderate all comments.  It’s impossible.  And many times those who comment as ANONYMOUS are just not nice people, and I want to keep their comments away too.

I want EVERYONE to be able to enter during give-aways ---and the only way I have figured out to do that is to open up the commenting to EVERYONE, but that means that the word verification thing – that horrible process that we all HATE with a passion – has to be enabled to keep the baddies at bay.

And that is what I am doing.

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If you are here looking for the Giveaway for 100 blocks volume 8 --- click HERE to the correct post  to comment.

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But yes, you’ll have the word verification.

And you still won’t be able to comment through blog-lovin’ or through a link you clicked while in Facebook on a mobile device – you have X yourself out of those programs to be able to comment.  In blog-lovin and other readers, and in Facebook, you are just viewing the blog page through a portal, but are not really ON it.  Click somewhere on the screen to “open in browser” so you are REALLY on the page.

If you have an iphone, click on the arrow on the bottom right of the screen and choose 'view in safari" that will take you OUT of the facebook portal.

After giveaways I may revert to registered users again.

I’d like to encourage everyone to get a Google ID so that commenting is easy for you (when you are not trying to comment through blog-lovin or facebook!!)

Click HERE for more info on what can stop you from being able to comment!

I hope this helps everyone – even though I know I’ll be hearing grumbles and complaints about the word verification.

My hands are tied – it’s the only way I can think of making the give-aways available to all!

I’m sitting in the airport at Houston waiting for my next flight!  The pull to get home is strong ---I can’t fly home fast enough!


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51 comments:

Leslie Creech said...

Come home Bonnie. North Carolina isn't the same without you! I've lived here all my life and I'm so glad you now live here too.

pdudgeon said...

good for you, Bonnie! I've never minded the verification process (sometimes it's fun to see what words Google can come up with!) because it is necessary to keep the spam out, and keep the comments enjoyable for all. Hope your flight home is a good one.

nstitches4u said...

I look forward to 100 Blocks every year. Thanks for giving us a chance to win a copy.

Bonnie K Hunter said...

Thank you, Leslie!!

stitchinpenny said...

You need not worry - you can't please everyone and some people are easily pleased. You are giving an opportunity to win something for nothing, except a little extra typing. Thank you for trying to be fair.

Kate said...

Re commenting - do what you need to do - no dramas from me. i can't believe you ahve the energy to keep up with it all!! Re travel - my experience is - the closer you are to home the longer it seems to take, but eventually, we get there!!!

maureen said...

You don't need to apologize to anyone, Bonnie. #1: It's YOUR blog and you can do whatever you want with it. #2: You are constantly sharing your time and talent with all of us. #3: Those who complain are the same unhappy people who will complain no matter what you do/don't do.

Anne C said...

You should do what YOU need to do to make it work for YOU. Thanks for all you do for us quilt lovers out here.

Anonymous said...

I don't really mind the verification words. Thanks for the drawing!

Theresa W

foleywestrup(at)Hotmail(dot)com

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Sounds like a reasonable solution. Have a safe flight.

Julie Fukuda said...

Though I rather dislike the verification system, it doesn't keep me from commenting to those blogs I love. I have one post that someone has broken into and keeps sending out spam advertisements in the reply. I wish there was some way to block comments from that particular post. Maybe there is, and I just don't know how. After all, I am a quilter and not a computer guru!

Suzanne Adler said...

I don't blame you one bit and it sounds very reasonable.anything to keep them spam out! You do so much for us. I don't mind taking the extra time to do something to help you.

Amber said...

I'm sorry you are having so much problem with SPAM. Word verification is no problem. Thanks for thinking of your followers with this drawing. I very much love your blog and quilt cam. Amber (nuzfutz@att.net)

Diana said...

It is so nice of you to be considering that everyone gets a chance to win. You do what you have t o do and know we all are very appreciative of your time and efforts. Thank you Bonnie

Sheri Levesque said...

Looking forward to seeing you again April 2015 in Kansas!

Shelley said...

If we commented this morning before you aded the verify, should we comment again?

Elaine M said...

You need to do what is best for you. Thank you for all you do.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

so many have word verification that I am used to it. one thing I have found out is that you can put everything in lower case and it goes through, you do not have to put any caps in if you do not want to. If you can not decipher the letters click on the little almost circle thing(first symbol) next to it and it will give you a new set which is usually easier.

Dawn Champion said...

Amen to that!

Genee' Davis said...

You are so busy....do what's easiest for you!!! :-)

Marla said...

Your energy and creativity are contagious! Thank you for sharing your passion!

Linda V said...

Agree! No problem here!

JanineMarie said...

Actually, I sort of get a kick out of word verification. I was frustrated because I could never comment on blogs because I didn't have a google ID. Today I finally signed up so I can register for all the great giveaways out there instead of just the few that would allow me to do it without the ID. It will be good for just general commenting, too. : )

Dorothy Hall said...










I ould love to in the ne 100 block book. I ill still be there folloing you even if I don't win. You inspire all of us.









Linda Langendorfer said...

I just straightened up my magazines and noticed I have a couple of those! But I would love the newest one! Enjoy your quilt cam and blog!

Eva Howard said...

Bonnie I would love to be considered for a chance to win the newest 100 Block book.

45th Parallel Quilter said...

Absolutely no apology needed ... you give SO much of yourself and ask for so little in return! Linda

Bonnie K Hunter said...

No, if you commented earlier you are still there!!

u keep sewing said...

Thanks very much for all this information on bogging.
Hope I can be considered for the drawing

b7e22048-4b45-11e3-a25d-000bcdcb2996 said...

I would love a chance to win this book.

n Carter said...

I love looking at the pictures of all your classes - great glimpses of what others are making. When I've been quilting long enough I hope to have enough leftovers to do one of your scrappy patterns. Thanks for the chance to win "100 Blocks."

cooneen said...

I would love to join your mystery but the subscription button doesn't like me. Is there a way you can help me with this please?

Andresa Strahm said...

Well said; completely true!

Charmaine said...

I would love a chance to win the new book with your block in it! And as far as everything else goes, you do what works best for you, Bonnie. You give so much to your fans so freely already that you shouldn't have to worry about catering to every single whim and social media application out there! We will always find you on your blog and web site-----that should be enough for everyone :) Thanks for all that you do for the quilting world!

Chris Wiseman said...

Would love to win this book! Never mind that I will probably never live enough years to make all the patterns and quilts I would like to!

Terri in BC said...

I really appreciate that you take the time "why" you do certain things, such as word verification. I'm sorry that others give you grief when you are so giving. Thanks for everything you do! Travel safe!

Cindy said...

You go girl! Whatever you need to do, then that's how it will be. Thanks for all you do to make our quilting lives a little easier and a whole lot more fun! Don't know how you find enough hours in a day to accomplish so much, whew! But anyhoo, if we have to do a few extra key strokes, then so be it! It's kind of interesting to see how few tries it takes me to get the "words"correct . They are a tad bit difficult for my poor eyesight to decipher on my small phone screen. But hey, I can't go a day without reading your blog. My day is just not complete until I've read your comments! On a side note, I stumbled across a 1903 Singer treadle that just had to come home with me. It is the most gorgeous machine I've seen . So much fancy engraving on the head and beautiful decals that are still intact. Best of all, she (Annabelle) sews beautifully.
Take care and hope you're safely back home by the time you read this .

Judykr said...

Do what you need to do! We love your posts and giveaways.

joanne said...

Just keep on keeping on and we followers will follow♡

Agneta quilts said...

Never mind the "lemons" with their sour comments - add sugar and make lemonade! (aka just ignore them!)

Marlyn Butchins said...

All the trouble you go to and time spent is always much appreciated.

Anonymous said...

I appreciate your trying to let everyone enter. I know that your blog is very well received by the quilting community. I try to never be mean in anything I post, it is never my intention. Like you, I do not like mean people. I simply don't understand them. I had all of the books that have been published, my Mom (who was 87) really enjoyed them. She had marked blocks that she intended to make, so the books were at her house. She died in May. Her house burned to the ground in Aug. I had not gotten a lot out of the house as I was using it for overflow. There were 2 issues that were saved. I would appreciate winning the latest issue. I am anon at ohsirius7 at Hotmail dot com.

margaret said...

such a shame there are others out there sending spam etc, you are right to have the verification if it cuts out all the rubbish, fingers crossed that it works and all you get are comments from your followers.

Quiltingloulou said...

I so admire what you do in dealing with all the comments, emails and other messages you receive and still manage to look after your family and home whilst travelling all over your wonderful country. So what if we have to use the verification code, if it makes things easier for you, I'm all for it. You do a magnificent job with you great followers. Safe journey home.
Regards, Linda Hodges

Paula said...

You go to a lot of trouble keeping things fair and adding joy to our lives despite how crazy busy you are. From my little corner I thank you!! ♥ You are an amazing woman ... do take a little time for yourself.

HelenMarie said...

I don't mind the word verification. You share so much with us you must do what makes life easier so as not to drive yourself crazy! I'm amazed at all you do get done!... especially if you must deal with so much spam too! Thanks for everything!!!
helenmarie in Tn

Julie Vee said...

I agree with Helen Marie and others. Word verification is SO easy, and saves so much of your patience and time.

Most of the time I do not post for a giveaway. But see, at times, over 700 posts! That tells it all, either that or perhaps there are many who never leave comments during the daily blogs? Whatever the case!!!! PLEASE USE IT.

Smiles,
JulieinTN

Debra Crumbaker said...

Thank you, Bonnie, for your patience with the rest of us. Even though we are not the ones leaving inappropriate comments, it would have been easy to not include us in the drawings. Thanks for allowing us to be parting of your quilting family.

marilyn emmons said...

I love all your tips on how to handle my scraps so they are ready to go, especially size options to have ready. It is no trouble doing a verification word when commenting.

Mary Ellen said...

Hi, Margaret. Seems we meet all over the internet? I agree. Bonnie needs to do what is necessary for her sanity. It's a small thing to use word verification for us. I hated it at first but now I have gotten much better at deciphering the letters and it's much easier.

Candy Minton said...

So happy about quilt cam tomorrow and Celtic Solstice. Working on Pineapple Crazy tonight!