Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

06 Nov 2013

SITE NEWS: Spam Filter Changes

We've made some changes in our spam filter this week that we hope will make it easier to comment while cutting down on spam.

First of all, we've banned the character string "href" in order to block all embedded links. This means that if you want to paste a link, you will need to just paste the link text in your comment, starting with "http." However, it's pretty clear that the great majority of embedded links are spam posts, so this should definitely help.

In addition, we've unblocked the character string "ugg." We thought we were only blocking the word "ugg" (i.e. spam for ugg boots) but it turns out that we were blocking the character string itself, which meant the spam filter was blocking any comment with the word "suggests." This should lead to a lot fewer problems with reader comments.

Thanks for your patience on this stuff.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 06 Nov 2013

29 comments, Last at 14 Jan 2014, 2:24pm by Franklin and Marshall Espa


by sundown (not verified) :: Wed, 11/06/2013 - 1:58pm

Funny about the "ugg." I've had a few times where I actually tried to figure out what the spam filter didn't like but had no luck at all. I might have been saying "suggests".

by justanothersteve :: Wed, 11/06/2013 - 2:18pm

You wouldn't think it, but it's surprising the number of words that have "ugg" in them. Luggage. Rugged. Nugget. Muggy. Struggle. Tugged. Unplugged. Treehugger. Buggery. I think I should quit now.

by Independent George :: Wed, 11/06/2013 - 5:30pm

Not to mention a former defensive player of the year and Super Bowl champion.

by justanothersteve :: Wed, 11/06/2013 - 9:57pm

Packers fans don't like to mention him.

by Bright Blue Shorts :: Thu, 11/07/2013 - 5:24pm

Ah the Scunthorpe problem

by justanothersteve :: Thu, 11/07/2013 - 11:45pm

I had to google it. That's hysterical. I had never heard of that before.

by Tim Wilson :: Wed, 11/06/2013 - 2:23pm

I was just talking about Tom Brady's footwear a lot. Makes sense now that I was getting blocked.

by Bobman :: Wed, 11/06/2013 - 2:51pm

Ah yes, those snuggly stuffed animal slippers....

by Boots Day :: Wed, 11/06/2013 - 6:19pm

Is the word "boots" blocked too? That would explain why I always get tripped up.

by BlueStarDude :: Wed, 11/06/2013 - 3:25pm

Excellent. Thanks!

by DEW (not verified) :: Wed, 11/06/2013 - 4:25pm

Excellent news! And believe me, as a Dolphins fan, it's nice to get ANY good news this week!

(Ironically, I am now filling out the Captcha because the spam filter thinks this is spam...)

by joe football (not verified) :: Wed, 11/06/2013 - 5:50pm

I applaud any and all spam filter reform

by Theo :: Wed, 11/06/2013 - 5:51pm

Sometimes I feel like it doesn't matter what I type, it always thinks it's spam.
It's like he... knows...

and yes... above comment alerted the spam filter.

by Blak :: Wed, 11/06/2013 - 7:07pm

So, are you guys still planning on doing content management system upgrades at some point? Thought I remembered you mentioning that.

by Aaron Schatz :: Wed, 11/06/2013 - 7:43pm

Didn't get it done by start of season, so it's going to happen right after the season.

by whckandrw (not verified) :: Wed, 11/06/2013 - 7:30pm

Can you block by regular expression? That would make it easy to differentiate between "ugg" and words containing "ugg" such as "suggests."

by Thok :: Wed, 11/06/2013 - 8:35pm

Even just blocking " ugg " (the five character string with leading and trailing whitespace) would be fine for their purposes. Heck, you probably just need to include the leading whitespace character.

by Paul R :: Thu, 11/07/2013 - 1:33am

Bugger the ref! That pass wasn't juggled,
The receiver was mugged on that play!
A review--I suggest--will show holding at best,
At worst, pure thuggery plain as day!
But the coach is just shrugging, no headset unplugging,
No red flag to protest the call;
Won't risk a time-out? The sluggard! The lout!
Not skullduggery, just Tampa Football.

by Pied :: Thu, 11/07/2013 - 1:56am


I mean, ugg.

by Topas :: Thu, 11/07/2013 - 4:38am

That was awesome. Kudos!

by Danish Denver-Fan :: Thu, 11/07/2013 - 4:32pm

Hee hee - great job.

by Pied :: Thu, 11/07/2013 - 1:58am

Hey guys lets discuss my proposed uniform changes now, specifically re: softer, fuzzier footwear!

by Href Hreferson (not verified) :: Thu, 11/07/2013 - 3:54am

Well, this sucks.

by Href Hreferson (not verified) :: Thu, 11/07/2013 - 3:55am

Well this sucks...

by Will Allen :: Thu, 11/07/2013 - 5:20pm

Can we block "webb"?

by tuluse :: Thu, 11/07/2013 - 5:49pm

They could block it from the site, but they can't block the knowledge you posses of the grand anti-webb conspiracy. There's no coming back from taking the blue pill.

by Vincent Verhei :: Sun, 11/10/2013 - 4:02am

Nobody can block Webb.

by Bright Blue Shorts :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:16am

Got to love that the thread about the spam filter is receiving spam!

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