I do use comment moderation. However it does mean than some unacceptable content arrives on my computer via IP visitor addresses rather than from blog UK addresses. The response from Blog, received today, to one recent report I sent in is copied in its entirety below. I am posting this for everyone’s information.
It is understandable that Blog admin has to prioritise, and this reply does not cause me, personally, any angst. What it tells me is that we have to be our own censors. I believe it is worthwhile using comment moderation to block inappropriate comments and business spammers.
While we are given the option to flag up blog UK addresses, (and presumably that extends to Blog worldwide addresses too) for which I am glad, it has also been brought to attention that the flagging system does not always work…like it has been disconnected. An unreliable alert system is not ideal. However, there are other ways such as via ‘contact us’ to report undesirable postings, notwithstanding that the method can be a little more circuitous. The decision to report/flag/alert to keep this blog site healthy remains with the individual user.
Below is the response I received from Blog.
thank you for your request.
We have decided to revise our policy of blocking IPs as a spam prevention
As well as frequently resulting in valid users of our platform being
inadvertently blocked, we have also observed that it does not result in a
significant downturn in the amount of spam. This is because it is a very
simple matter for the spammer to simply access our domain from a different IP.
For these reasons, we will no longer block IPs unless they are being used for
very heavy spamming.
While we work on an alternative solution to the issue, we recommend that you
activate comment moderation so that the spam comments do not arrive on your
If spam comments are made my a registered user, please continue to bring them
to our attention by flagging their profile and/or mailing us at this address
with the username.
blog.co.uk Customer Support