A note on registration (which has been switched off)

I have been under siege by vile spammers who deserve to roast in the deep cinders of hell, as Dr. Maturin would put it.

As a result, I switched off registration for the blog in the hope of thwarting the reprehensible plots of these nefarious ne’erdowells.

I will, however, switch registration on now for a while.

If you have been trying to register, register.  I will turn it off again later on.

UPDATE 1 Feb 15:21 GMT:

I have switched it off again for a while.

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  1. Supertradmum says:

    It is the downside of being famous. I am so glad I am nobody…little spam. God bless you.

  2. tealady24 says:

    The dark side of the Internet. Doesn’t it make you wonder what really goes on behind closed doors? Scary stuff, that.

  3. acricketchirps says:

    Boy, tealady, if you think THAT’S the dark side of the internet, I envy you your sheltered life!

  4. acardnal says:

    The “usual suspects”, I suspect: LCWR, “National Schismatic Reporter, and their supporters.

    Has anyone read the nasty, obscene Tweets sent to @Pontifex ?!? The Holy See needs an “expletive delete” filter. I can only imagine what Fr. Z is getting.

  5. AvantiBev says:

    As a lover of Dante, I would say may they freeze in the lowest, coldest reaches of Hell where no wi-fi can reach them.
    As a Chicagoan, I would say that Hell is here today! brrrr. And just 48 hours after our temps reached 60 degrees F.

  6. AvantiBev says:

    Perhaps a new curse would be “Get thee to Chicago!” Boiling in July/August; freezing in the winter and high taxes collected by the corrupt crooks of Cook County year round.

  7. mamajen says:

    A lot of the time it’s just automated bots that crawl the internet looking for blogs on a certain platform. It’s quite a chore having to deal with that stuff constantly. One of the downsides of running a blog.

  8. acardnal says:

    Those automated bots hit my blog on my parish’s website. Had to turn Off “comments” because there was no time to moderate them.

  9. mamajen says:


    Assuming you’re on WordPress, I recommend the Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin for that. It places a little checkbox below the comment form asking commenters to verify that they’re not a bot. It has cut my spam comments down to zero.

  10. acardnal says:

    Thanks mamajen. I will retain that for future use. Unfortunately, the parish is not using WordPress. They are using eCatholic as their host, and I’m not the webmaster either. Not a big deal. Appreciate your help though.

  11. frjim4321 says:

    Our parish website, in WordPress, is getting spammed constantly. I have moderation turned on at all times. It is a pain in the you-know-what.

  12. acardnal says:

    frjim, try that plug-in that mamajen suggested.

  13. frjim4321 says:

    ac, we have that thing where is says “2 + eight = BLANK, and they have to figure it out.

    But I will try this one also.

  14. Angie Mcs says:

    I’m truly sorry Father, that you have to put up with this. As we see the courtesy in our society deteriorating, the anonymity of the Internet causes all sorts of people to come out of the woodwork. If it helps, Father, please know that what you give to all of us and allow us to give and learn from each other is tremendous! We are so grateful.

    Speaking of learning, I have wanted to read a good copy of Dante’s Divine Comedy for quite a while. I regret to say I have never read it except in bits and pieces many many years ago. AvantiBev, since you are a ” lover of Dante” would you be able to recommend a good English translation? I’d be very interested to hear your and other’s inputs. Thank you so much!

  15. majuscule says:

    I can’t even imagine what those vile spammers are up to. I have only recently read some comm box comments at the National Schismatic Reviler and I’m speechless.

    I have great respect for those who are trying to reason with those people in the comm box, but I think it’s a total waste of time. However, if it keeps the Revilers busy making spittle flecked retorts, they won’t be prowling about the world seeking…well, you get the drift.

  16. JonPatrick says:

    I would also be interested in good translations of Dante. I was on jury duty last week and in the reading section at the back of the jury room there was a copy of Inferno of all things. Was tempted to start reading it but the translation looked a little clunky and I was expecting to be called for an empanelment soon, so I held off.

  17. Christopher says:

    Anthony Esolen apparently has a good translation of Dante (Esolen being a fellow Catholic).

    As to the registration issue, perhaps a combination of capcha and what mamajen suggested? It also maybe wise not to advertise when or when not the registration is active. Constantly reassure people in a reminder if their registration has not went through, to just keep retrying.

    Maybe perhaps Father would like to implement the old fashion of drawing a fish symbol, or something similar which would not be discussed on the blog as advice to those who wish to register. Basically like a secret password.

    God Bless.

  18. mamajen says:

    Father Z, here’s a plugin that might help your particular problem: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/stop-spammer-registrations-plugin/

  19. Angie Mcs says:

    Christopher, thank you for the recommendation. Looking forward to approaching the book at this stage in my life.

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