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Near the end of April, I installed the Anti-spam plugin, which added an automated JavaScript-based verification system. The effects have been drastic:

The effects of Anti-spam

This graph shows the amount of spam that has been reaching Akismet: absolutely none. At the same time, legitimate comments have been making it through, so the system seems to be working as expected. I highly recommend this approach to combating comment spam, at least until spammers find a way around it.

Happy Cog just launched their blog, smartly titled Cognition. A key difference from most blogs, however, is that in order to comment, you must reply via Twitter.

Kids today are more likely to respond to a blog post on Twitter than in the article’s comments section; so we’ve collocated our comments on Twitter. Share a tweet-length response here, and, with your permission, it will go there.

Here’s the thing, though: I don’t have a Twitter. I don’t want a Twitter. I will never, ever, fucking want a Twitter. Please understand this, and realize that there’s still 0.1% of the world, myself included, that don’t use Twitter, and would prefer not to be forced to signing up for one just to comment on a blog.

I don’t see why Happy Cog didn’t just offer regular comments instead of a tweet — you can even keep the length requirement, but just post it directly to the site. Their only other alternative is writing on your own site, which I’ve been forced to do.

So here’s my original comment:

I can’t find a link back to the blog from the Happy Cog website… I’ve tried and tried but even the sitemap has nothing. An oversight, perhaps?

I lost the exact wording since I hit “don’t,” which I thought meant it would just post to the site as opposed to tweeting it. As it happens, the original comment was exactly 140 characters…

God damn, I hate using the word “tweeting.”

In other news, and kind of related:

Looks like comments aren’t working. I’ll try to see what’s going on and try to fix it, soon, hopefully.

Update: Looks like they’re working again. Apparently I renamed wp-comments-post.php a while back, which messed a few things up. Oops.