Good news and bad news.

Good news; I’ve reached 100k visits per month traffic level according to my internal WordPress traffic counter. Getting mentioned on Instapundit has both good and bad effects. This blog is often in the daily top 40 WordPress blogs worldwide according to WordPress rankings.

Bad news; with the amount of spam, visits, and comments I’m getting, (and the moderation time required) it was only a matter of time before I had to setup a basic guide structure to operate with.

Please see the policy page.

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Stan Needham
February 9, 2008 6:22 am

I’m glad to see your traffic has increased so dramatically, Anthony. The fact that you have a really interesting blog certainly has a lot to do with it. I would classify myself as an unapologetic skeptic, but with an open mind. People who criticize my beliefs with sound logic and sound science tend to get my attention while those who say things like, “I can’t believe how stupid you are” will generally get a snarky response from me. If everyone abides by your rules, there won’t be any need for snarky responses. I look forward to future discussions.

Jim Arndt
February 9, 2008 10:39 am

Hi,
Anthony have you thought of have some sort of registration procedure to filter the spam. That may reduce to number of spam attempts.

Jim B
February 9, 2008 12:09 pm

Congrats on the blog-o-rama famosity, ( as a popular blogger you now have the right to make up your own words.)
Sorry to burst your bubble but you know your increased traffic is merely a conspiracy by Exxon to increase the popularity of AGW Skeptics blogs by paying people to browse your site. I’m sure you’ve heard that one in some fashion before.
But on a serious note you might want to try Spam Karma 2 http://wp-plugins.net/doc/sk2/ I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, and it’s very easy to use once installed.

David Walton
February 9, 2008 12:10 pm

Re: Policy Page
Detritus, especially in the biological sense, is the perfect word to describe what often goes on in blogs and blog comment threads across the internet.

Bill in Vigo
February 9, 2008 6:12 pm

Anthony, I am not surprised that you have become one of the most popular blogs going. Your commenters are most usually very courteous and don’t mind to explain their comments if questioned just as you are willing to answer or explain comments. I believe you have found the right combination to a good scientific blog.
CONGRATS
Bill

Editor
February 10, 2008 4:10 pm

I don’t want to add to your increasingly heavy burdens, Rev. But, as you say, there is a lot more traffic. And I bet some folks are going back over old posts (esp. the How not to measure threads) and may be adding new comments to them. But there’s no way to know, and there is so much now that it is impossible to go back and review everything.
So is there a function you can somehow activate which alerts a reader to unread comments? If not, I understand, but it would be really cool if there was some automated way to clue us in so we could read them without any additional effort on your part. (I think that blondesense blog had such a feature.)

Jeff in Seattle
February 10, 2008 6:40 pm

Evan, you’ll want to use an RSS reader, such as Google Reader. You’ll see all new comments on here, as well as new posts. I can’t get it to work right with CA, however, I only get comments from there in increments of 10, with many missing. But here I’m pretty sure I get them all.

Editor
February 11, 2008 9:15 am

Thank you, Jeff! (And St. Chlorophyl thanks you.)

Jeff in Seattle
February 11, 2008 10:47 am

No problem, Evan. If you need help with Google Reader, let me know. I’m making certain assumptions…

Alan Chappell
February 12, 2008 4:43 am

One of life’s major problems is ignorance,
and when you couple that with money
you have gore’al,
and that equals golob’al.
and when its time for the righteous to win
all is forgotten.

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