Housekeeping: TTAG Comments System Fixed, Amended


As you may have noticed, we’ve fixed TTAG’s comments system. Your bon mots will now appear immediately—unless they fall afoul of common spam criteria (e.g. too many embedded links). To achieve this miracle we disabled WordPress’s Akismet spam filter and enabled Captcha. Some of you may not have noticed; the above box doesn’t appear for commentators that have an account on the TTAG blog. Some of you may. The Captcha system keeps spambots from posting stuff while allowing humans to get through. I know: it sucks to have to fill out the form every time you submit a comment. But this frees RF and Dan to do something other than releasing comments from an over-zealous spam filter and deliver unto you amazingly awesome content. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


About Nick Leghorn

Nick Leghorn is a gun nerd living and working in San Antonio, Texas. In his free time, he's a competition shooter (USPSA, 3-gun and NRA High Power), aspiring pilot, and enjoys mixing statistics and science with firearms. Now on sale: Getting Started with Firearms by yours truly!

59 Responses to Housekeeping: TTAG Comments System Fixed, Amended

  1. avatarAharon says:

    I’d be fine with a one-time member registration process if it simplifies things. Every site we visit and search we do, every comment we make, and all our emails are already recorded by government.

  2. avatarMatt in FL says:

    I guess I’m in the club, because I haven’t seen the Captcha yet. If it’s some sort of system that clears the posting for the regulars, and doesn’t inhibit the ability of the one-offs or infrequent posters, that seems like the best of both worlds to me.

    • avatargloomhound says:


    • avatarAharon says:

      Me too. I think I got cleared because Robert and Dan got sick of all the emails I kept sending them about my comments not printing.

      • avatarAlphaGeek says:

        All of you fools are in the same boat with me: we post comments with sufficient frequency that we qualify.

        I prefer to think of it as being strongly interested and engaged. Not obssessive. At all. No sir.

      • avatarMatt in FL says:

        You can ask ‘em. I was really, really nice about comments this time. I sent them one email at about 1300 yesterday, when the comments system had been down about an hour, but I haven’t bothered ‘em since.

  3. Make an account, otherwise you can’t complain. You just need a valid email address.

  4. avatarduke nukem says:

    ill make an acvount! i love this site! but i have yet to see this captcha box

  5. avatarJoe says:

    Just testing… Please insert something pithy [ED: something pithy] here

  6. avatarCameron S. says:

    This post is a test.

    Also, keep up the great work TTAG staff!

  7. avatarDoomsdayJames says:

    A test with Safari…

  8. avatarAccur81 says:

    Hope it works, cause I can’t always de scramble those flippin words.

    • avatarAlphaGeek says:

      If you get it wrong, it’ll give you a second try with a different string.

      For those of you who suck at decoding CAPTCHA strings visually, if you look close you’ll also find that there’s an audio option. It’s there for the visually impaired but I know folks who use it because they have trouble sorting out the regular CAPTCHAs.

  9. avatarMichael F. says:

    No Captcha for me.

  10. avatarArete13 says:

    I have an account but I guess I’m not in the “cool kids club”. I have an impossible riddle of a captcha in front of me.

  11. avatarRichard W. says:

    Reaching levels of 2004 complexity! :D

  12. avatarDucky says:


  13. avatarAlphaGeek says:

    I was wondering if this was going to be the result of the spam-filter meltdown. This is actually much better than I expected — some sites make you fill out a CAPTCHA every. damn. comment.

    It’s amazing how much TTAG declined in value and interest for me over the last week as the comment black-hole problem worsened. More than half the value of this site is in the discussion threads following the article.

    • Trust me — the site stats reflect that frustration.

      If it isn’t working as well as expected, give me a holler.

      • avatarAharon says:

        How about an incentive program paying regulars five cents per word we type in the comments? I got the idea from the California politicians.

        ($1.20 please)

        • avatarAlphaGeek says:

          That would be like paying software engineers a bounty on every bug they fix: a self-perpetuating fountain of money for the participants.

        • avatarDaniel Silverman says:

          Ha if I could get paid for the articles I submit we would be on a role!!! Just kidding.. ;-)

        • avatarCarlosT says:

          AlphaGeek, that’s one of my all time favorite management brainwaves.

      • avatarrightontheleftcoast says:

        keep up the good work Nick

      • avatarAlphaGeek says:

        I’m seeing occasional significant slowness in processing posted comments, but that’s probably because everyone’s loins have been aching for the sweet release of a working comment system.

        Blame Chris Dumm for that graphic image, BTW. :)

  14. avatarForrest says:

    Hmm, I wonder if I’m in the cool kid club.

    EDIT: Yup, feels good man.

  15. avatarJoshinGA says:

    Well, I suppose Ill find out if I get the “captcha” as well….

    EDIT: Woooo it worked. Feel free to remove if desired.

  16. avatarSubZ says:


  17. avatarCastle says:


    EDIT: Nope. Sweet.

  18. avatarBrandon says:

    Did I make the cut?

  19. avatarNWGlocker says:

    Oh thank god. No captcha for me. I was afraid RF was going to flip it on after all the emails I send him

  20. avatarA Trusted Friend in Science says:

    Hopefully captcha will filter out the bots, but I fear they’ll never go away.

  21. avatarArete13 says:

    Still have a captcha… :(

    We can still be friends, right?

  22. avatarChotch says:

    Little known fact, by using reCAPTCHA you are helping digitize books. So technically you could type anything in for the second (easier to read) word.

    • avatarRich Grise says:

      You almost took the words out of my mouth. I saw a show on “Nova Science Now” with Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and I think it’s way cool. :-)

  23. avatarHermit says:

    Testes testes…one two….three?

    EDIT: Awesome, no captcha for me, and I rarely post. I feel cool.

  24. avatarLiberty2Alpha says:

    I feel special, too.

    I was going to rage if I had to do the silly captcha thing.

    (At least now I know what to call it.)

    • avatarAlphaGeek says:

      In case anyone else is wondering, CAPTCHA is an acronym. (I swear I’m not shouting it at you.) It stands for:

      Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart

      The Wikipedia page is an interesting read even if you skip over all of the geeky details.

  25. avatarKelly in GA says:

    Survey says…
    SUCCESS! You can’t Captcha me!

  26. avatarJPD says:

    Testing…..testing…..testing. Houston, we have ignition.

  27. avatarSkeev says:

    I’m typing the captcha and I still get the “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”

    How do I get an account to make my life easier?

  28. avatarLong Island says:

    I can see the captchas from here….

  29. avatarConway Redding says:

    In the main, I HATE Captchas, which have seemed to me somewhat glitchy, in that often I have had to enter in code words several times before I finally got it right, and despite having no known visual processing problems. But I understand why y’all felt this change was necessary.

    • avatarRich Grise says:

      Every one I’ve seen has a link or button to change the image if you can’t get the one.

  30. avatarRobert K. Tompsett says:

    I guess it will work.

  31. avatarJoatmon2 says:

    Hmmm, lets see if this makes it. I haven’t been able to post, guess i’ve been bad.

  32. avatarMichael B. says:

    CAPTCHA is creepy but whatevs.

  33. avatarMy Name Is Bob says:

    Testing to see if I’m on CAPTCHA island…

  34. avatarBen in UT says:

    This post is a test.

    EDIT: Hooray!

  35. avatarTestpost says:


  36. avatarWC says:

    Will comments made before the fix be posted, or are you finished filtering old comments?

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