Friday, 1 September 2017

Hello!

Hello!

Just a couple of things.  Sorry that it is all books and crochet right now, and if that isn't your thing I hope you will bear with me, more things will come eventually I am just trying to catch up on a lot of life right now.

One of the things I am catching up on is some blog admin and I am going through setting the comments on old posts to be hidden.  This is because someone is commenting irrelevantly (spam!) on old posts and on old comments, so the easiest way for me to prevent this is to hide old comments and not allow new ones.  I do have moderation on so you don't see them, but I do and I have to delete them which gets very tedious.  I think that going forward I will try and do this once posts are a couple of months old or so.  Just wanted to let you know some of what I am busy doing and also where you comments might have seemingly disappeared to should you look back at an old post.

Another thing I am also continuing to do is add links to old posts - which is perhaps what is attracting the comments!  So do go and have a look in the sidebar if you are looking for crafty, crochet or recipe - or book - inspirations.  I am a little perturbed that the sidebar will be a mile long when I am done as I still have nearly 3 years worth of posts to go through, but I can always rearrange it in the future.  Anyway the point is do go and have a look if you are seeking some inspiration for something as looking back through these posts has reminded me of how much inspiration I have had from others so I hope you can be inspired by me.

Finally I have mentioned before, but I have discovered it is either a bigger issue than I realised or still going on, two people seem to have mass pinned what feels like every photo from my blog at some point and still are.  I have tried adding the special secret code to stop this, but it keeps happening - or they know some way to get round it.  I am also working on going through pinterest and reporting the pins and having them removed.  So that is also taking a lot of time - you have to copy and paste the info to report each one! - and if you have pinned one of these pins, this may result in a pin being deleted.  Please know that it isn't anything you have done it is someone else who has spoiled it for everyone else.  Once it is all sorted I will pin pins of my crafty makes and so on and let you know they are there and then you can pin from those.  If you are aware of any pins from my blog please let me know - copy and paste the link to the comments on this post, I will not publish the comment - and then I can add that to the list to be deleted.

This mass pinning - which is mainly of photos of our home rather than my crafty makes it seems from what I have discovered so far - has meant that I am also deleting photos of our home from my blog to prevent the two people doing it again - oh and I have reported them for this too btw.  So some posts might appear to disappear, that is because they have.  Sorry about that, I am not trying to hide anything, just keep my home more private, which I realise is what is should have done in the first place.  And yes, I do realise people can still find things, but I can make it harder for them can't I!

The last time I mentioned this someone - sorry I forget who - said that there is something that pops up suggesting that you pin from my blog.  This is NOT something that I have added and I don't know where this comes from as it doesn't appear when I look at my blog - whether logged in or out of my account - so please don't think that I am being contrary if that appears when you look at my blog.  I have asked more than once for people not to pin and there is a note about this in my sidebar - which was at the bottom, but I have moved it further up now!

Hope you don't think I am too odd or even nasty, I am just a bit miffed about these two people pinning hundreds of photos from my blog without asking, it isn't as if it was one or two here and there, and am just busy trying to sort it out.

Once it is all done I will have another go with the special secret code!

Thank you for bearing with me!!

Amy

26 comments:

  1. I had a spate of spam comments too Amy. I have my posts moderated after 4 weeks but I started to get them on the very latest posts which was annoying as they were cutting and pasting comments from other posts and dropping them into the comment. I keep deleting and I'm keeping my fingers crossed they have given up for now. Good luck with sorting our the pinning of photos from your blog, I've no idea if it happens from mine as I don't use it but I have had my photos taken from a family history site which I found quite upsetting at the time. Take care:)

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  2. I had spam too. I had to go through all of my list of blogs I follow - individually...and if they weren't active in past year I had to unfollow. This helped me. There was/is one blog that I followed that was taken over by some other person or something, I'm not even sure, but that was the culprit of it all. Good luck. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I'm sorry you've had issues with people pinning photographs from your blog and I hope you get it sorted (as best you can) soon. I have no idea how pinterest works or why someone would do this. X

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  4. just so you know on this very post at the bottom where it says "posted on amy" is an icon for pinterest and when you click on it takes you to pinterest and all of the photos of yours to pin. maybe you can disable that feature. (however their should be a link back to your blog because the pinterest icon does that.

    I sometimes get spammers and I delete their comments if the comment is not pertinent to the post. I dread seeing what has been pinned....

    I resize all of my blog photos so they are only good for computer, if blown up they will be grainy and pixel-y.

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH KAREN!!!! I had no idea that was there. I have just tracked it down and removed it. Scarily when I clicked the pinterest thing I found loads more photos that I didn't know about, so I have already requested deletion of a bunch of those and will do some more. Thank you so much for letting me know about this. Anyone else who wants to do this - go to the layout page of blogger, go to the bottom of the box for your posts and there is an option to click - or UNCLICK in my case! - "show share buttons" click that and the option for people to pin stuff and share in other ways is removed. Thank you again so much Karen!!! I think that this might be the way that this has been happening, I am SO glad to have finally tracked something down! It is an enormous relief!

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    2. I'm thrilled to be able to help you :)

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  5. Tedious indeed. I hope it all works out. I was quite surprised one day to see one of my Etsy listings on Pinterest. It did link back to my shop, which is no longer open.
    Have a great day Amy,
    Andrea

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  6. What a lot of work for you! Some people are a pain in the ---.

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  7. Interesting. That's a bother for sure.

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  8. Sounds like a lot of hard work, hope it all works out in the end.

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  9. I had to delete a lot of older comments from my site too Amy. I then changed the settings so only the recent post could take comments. There are people that "scrape" sites to Pinterest and even their own blogs, use your images and content but there is no credit back to you. Be sure to add a visible watermark to your images and one that is on the center and not on the edge to be easily removed. It takes a bit of extra time but at least when they take your image the copyright can be traced back to you.

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  10. So sorry to hear about these issues. It takes all the pleasure out of blogging when this happens. Personally it makes me feel like not sharing anything! I've requested others not to copy or pin my photos elsewhere, but it still happens as I see from my stats. I don't get involved with pinterest myself. Thanks for the info about how to delete the social media buttons. I did not know there was an option to delete them. Other bloggers are a great help when we have these issues so a big thank you to them too. Take care Amy.

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  11. I get spam comments in waves... comments on the same four or five posts every day for a few days (I delete them each day without any time spent really - I got to 'comments', select the box for all the spam ones then click 'spam' and they disappear. After a few days, they give up and leave my blog alone for a while, then it'll happen again after a while.

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  12. Goodness what a palaver. Why do people have to be so annoying.

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  13. All very interesting & sometimes I'm beginning to think this whole tech world is just a bit too much, but I'll keep on blogging & watch for weird things. Thanks Amy & take care.

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  14. Sorry if I have ever pinned one of your photos. Pinterest makes it so easy. When I hover over any of your photos, a little red box appears at the top inviting me to save it on Pinterest.

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  15. That is just crazy! Why do some people have to be so difficult!
    I've been getting strange comments too - mostly on older posts and they are filtered to spam, but it sure is frustrating!

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  16. There are so many weird and slimy people in the world. Don't quite understand what they get out of posting so many of your pictures. I can understand a few craft related things here and there with a link back, but why so many other pictures. Why can't everyone just do their own thing rather than stealing from others.

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  17. I am so sorry you have to do all this cleaning up. I think Pinterest manages to get that pin tool everywhere! To me, the worst thing about the Internet is that people use it for mischief and worse. I don't understand why people are like this! Don't they have work and family and friends? I guess I need to look at the spam for my blog.

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  18. It really baffles me that people resort to spam and such wanton pinning. Can't quite figure out a motive. Sorry for all the time you're spending to avoid this.

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  19. Oh no, what a pain for you. What do they get out of it I wonder? I hope you get this problem sorted soon.

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  20. I don't get any pin pop up when I visit your blog.

    I understand your frustration. What an irritation for you. Do you add your blog name to your pictures? If not, doing so might make them stop doing it. Maybe not of course, but worth a try.
    xx

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  21. What a nuisance! I think I might be inclined to agree with Sadie and see if there's a way to use the mass pinning to your advantage. Does it bring people back to your blog? I have to say that I'm no Pinterest expert, but will people actually see them on Pinterest later? I spend more time on Facebook and know that the algorithms mean that FB decides who sees posts or not so it may be that your photos will disappear into the Pinterest universe never to be seen again which would save you a lot of time and effort xx

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  22. Hi Amy. Such a shame that you're having all this trouble with spammers and admin. The pinterest pop up thing is something most people who use pinterest have on their PCs of laptops, not something you have added. The idea is that it makes the pinning easier for the pinner - but that's no good for you at the moment. And sympathies for the blog admin - I seem to go through phases with the spam comments, none for months then suddenly hundreds. Honestly, it's a wonder any of us get a blog post published with all this nonsense going on in the background. Anyway, hope you're well. xx

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  23. Sorry you're having problems. I think that's a great idea to delete old comment sections. Not really needed are they?

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  24. i have deleted all of your old pins from my pinterest page.

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