If you have a blog, what’s your policy on commenter’s who either blatantly, or very-suspiciously are advertising via comments on your blog?
I noticed this about a month ago, when the following comment appeared in one of my posts:
Very valuable information to us and our customers. We deal with extranet sharing with our product, and users are constantly worried about the legal aspects of trust within federation applications. Thanks for some great pointers. -K
From A kinder, gentler federation agreement, 2008/09/17 at 6:51 AM
This was obviously an advertisement for their product, but at that point I decided that it would be new “new policy” that I wasn’t going to filter or edit comments, unless they were obviously spam – this was close, but I figured what the heck.
Today though, a much more subtle comment came through:
New comment on your post #212 “Zune Warranty Coolness”
Author : Josh (IP: 126.96.36.199 , ausisaw2k3ps304-dmz.aus.amer.dell.com)
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Whois : http://ws.arin.net/cgi-bin/whois.pl?queryinput=188.8.131.52
Sweet story! really neat that they sent a box for it to be sent back in and sent you a new one, sound like a really smooth operation. Had the same service for my Dell laptop and was extremely please with how easy it was. love it when companies really go out of their way to make warranties easy
You can see all comments on this post here:
This seemed innocent enough, except look at the reverse lookup for the IP address. This guy is coming from behind the Dell proxies! Suddenly this seemingly innocent comment just became a blogvertisement for Dell.
I’m not sure whether I should just filter these as spam (probably), just not allow them, or just let them through. But in either case, I’ve realized that due to the nature of the comments, I don’t feel any guilt at all about posting their e-mail or IP addresses in this post…