Tuesday, 28 April 2015

A word about comments.....


Lovely, lovely readers. Comments have always been a massive part of the success of this blog. I read every single one and (although I am behind as I type this) I try and respond to as many as physically possible, even if it's not always immediately.
My ongoing comments and discussions with you are the best part of running this blog.
The blogger host is known for having huge spam issues though - and I receive all sorts of spam about everything from enhancing body parts to spambots trying to phish your details. Spam easily outnumbers real commenters 10-1. So on a day where I have 50 comments - there are 500 spam. I wish I was exaggerating.

There is also the issue of these things:


I don't get a lot of trolls by any stretch of the imagination, but some of them are particularly vicious and frankly, I have neither the time nor the inclination to keep giving them a voice, something which anonymous commenting provides.


So you'll notice if you've tried to leave a comment on the previous post, or this one, that you now have to log in. Most of you already do this - usually via Google+, but now it is mandatory. You will only have to register once and if you are a lovely, treasured, regular commenter *waves to all of you* it will show how often you have commented and build a profile of you. It does not reveal any personal information on your comment, just a profile picture and username. You do, however, have to leave an email, which is only seen by me. So if you want to have an intense debate/argument about something I have written, that's absolutely fine and dandy. You just need to show your face. Electronically-speaking. If, however, you don't want me to know who you are, then you may have to rethink your strategy. Sorry not sorry.

If you read the blog from your PC, you can stay logged in. You can ask to be kept informed if anyone responds to your comment - you can vote a comment up or down - it's just better. It makes it much more interactive for all of you, and me, and I'm only sorry I didn't do this 5 years ago.

I hope you understand and support the reasons behind my decision, my goal is simply to interact in an easier way with all of you without dealing with spambots and trolls. Life is too short.






46 comments:

  1. Yes I know I'm a complete stalker 'Waves' but thanks to you advice my skin is now completely clear! And I do mean not a single spot. Might only last a day but I don't even care. Thank you so so much! (If I ever see you in London, do expect a hug) : )

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    1. Please Jess, tell us your secret/your routine :D

      I'm also commenting because I want to test this new non-anonymous commenting feature, which I am happy about. Yay! Hopefully it means more replies by Caroline or blog posts in response to comments :} (retinol cheat sheet please)

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    2. Yes,please tell us your routine/products!!

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  2. I'm sorry you receive so many spam comments. Completely understood and agreed.
    Alina
    www.eclecticalu.blogspot.com

    P.S. complete stalker here too! (in reference to Jess Harrison's comment..:)

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  3. Sigh. Google ate my comment. My own fault but still! I don't understand the point of trolling or bullying or any of that stuff....just seems like a waste of time! I am sorry people harass you when you do good work like saving all our skin and keeping the world grounded with much needed sass.

    My original comment was better. It had a point. This is just sleepy ramblings!

    xo
    Sara

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  4. Hooray for whatever makes your blogging easier and more pleasant, you work wonders not just for skin condition but for self esteem too x

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  5. Brilliant! I hate reading those awful troll comments - so many people hide behind their computer screens. Love your blog though, Caroline. I credit you to anyone and everyone for saving my skin, and I've got so many of my friends into reading your blog too. Looking forward to all future posts and videos :) :)

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  6. Good for you, trolls should have to show their face.

    Quick question - Where does Good Genes fit into my routine? Planning to use it nightly, I normally double cleanse (cetaphil and tata harper) then clarins lotus oil, hydraluron jelly and moisturiser, but where does good genes fit in, does it replace lotus oil or hydraluron? Many thanks!

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  7. Comment moderation itself could be a full-time job. Hope this helps.

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  8. Good for you, nasty little trolls should have to show their face.

    Quick question though (sorry). I've just splashed out on Good Genes and ceramic slip and wondering where the Good Genes should fit into my routine? I'm planning to use it nightly and my normal routine is double cleanse (cetaphil then tata harper purifying or now ceramic slip) then first aid pads or P50 (the original as I live in the US) followed by lotus oil, hydraluron jelly and then moisturiser (can you tell I read this blog a lot?)

    My skin is oily but dull and congested so hoping the Good genes will make a difference, would love to know where I should be using it in my routine and if I should be replacing one of the above for it?

    Thanks!

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  9. Ufff for a moment I thought that we could only comment through Google + (which I don't have). Unfortunately I used to follow a couple of bloggers who had only google + set up for comments. I stoped following them: as nice as they were I could follow other bloggers with a similar style and with whom I could interact! It is really frustrating to read a whole blogpost, have something to contribute or simply an anecdote to share only to find that you cannot!

    And the spam problem is baffling. I am a newbie, plankton in the sea of big fish and I receive a couple of spam messages every day! I can only imagine how time-consuming it must be for a stablished blogger!!

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  10. I'm very pleased about this. Also want to say thank you again for all the information you share which has helped me tremendously.

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  11. We adore you, xx never had tried serum's before but a devotee now, bought a try me now kit, preciously perfect Patsy Kensit, and it's very good the whole routine takes no time at all. Xx

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  12. We adore you, xx never had tried serum's before but a devotee now, bought a try me now kit, preciously perfect Patsy Kensit, and it's very good the whole routine takes no time at all. Xx

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  13. I'm not sure if it is just my computer but the comments here look different to your last post (which has the up-voting), but this look the same as the old ones. :S

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  14. Hi Caroline, I seem to be having trouble with my google acct. I hope my comments are coming through :(

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  15. Much better to have to be accountable for your comments! Hopefully this means more time for you for posts & replies ;-) xx
    thebeautybloss.com

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  16. This sounds like a totally sensible thing to do. I hate it when people rely on anonymity to troll others. If you have something to stay, have the balls to show your face.

    And on a self-serving note, should I be using acid toners after using masks like the Ren Glycol Lactic Renewal. Thanks for your help!

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  17. Great idea Caroline! Your community is a clever one and there's no room for nasty "Anonymous"

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  18. Good for you, I think that all of us have a right to know who is yelling at us, I started to panic about half way through I thought you were going to say you disabled comments,(phew so glad that didn't happen), I think this is a very positive move on your part? Also I just have to say I have have recently went completely "Caroline" and stopped all my bad skin habits like not washing my face in the am and wetting my face before washing, and people have actually said that I have a "glow" so thank you.

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  19. Darn spam

    I'm glad you made this decision!

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  20. Oh mrs. Hirons. I owe my face to this blog and YOU. When people say " your face is glowing" , I just smile and thank you and thank god that I found your blog. Much love. Tania.

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  21. skincare troll here, YAY for you! complete in agreement and total understanding. Accountability is key although i imagine some gross people may make a fake identity just to make stupid remarks.

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  22. Hopefully this keeps the spam and trolls at bay.

    Rosy | sparklesoflight76.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. I think this is great! Well done to you for putting up with the negativity for so long. I have learnt a lot from you and my skin is a lot better than it used to be. Your Cheat Sheets are really helpful. Thank you!

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  24. Whatever makes your life easier. I love your blog. You've even gotten me to venture out of my skin care comfort zone by trying Tom Ford's Essence...
    Love it. Thanks. <3

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  25. I think this is very reasonable, if you've got nothing to hide then why should you mind doing this. It is very rear that i comment , but i read your post daily i get them emailed to me as well as seeing them on Bloglovin. I love how down to earth you are & how you don't mind giving us you tips, tricks & help on things that might help. The post you wrote the other week about your son & how t-gel shampoo had help was like me writing one about my daughter she uses it not all the time because as you know a girl (A teen age girl) has to have hair looking & smelling just right lol. Anyway i would just like to say thank you for your help & advice helping us gals with our daily needs. xx

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  26. Have you considered moving to Wordpress? There are lots of good plugins to filter out spam. Trolls, that's a whole different story (sadly no plugin in the world will get rid of those!). P.S. I think Blogger ate the comment I first submitted....

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  27. I turned to Disqus to make sure people get my answer even if I post it way too late, but apart from that I can totally relate. Trolls are a pain in the b***

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  28. Yes yes down with the trolls and spambots (I am visualising a bottom that looks like a slab of spam) xx happy to log in and provide a name will just have to sort a picture

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  29. Totally with you on this one. I will never understand how someone can follow someone just to slag them off all the time. If I didn't particularly like someone the last thing I would do would be follow them! Hey ho!

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  30. Also waving. I know double cleanse with gentler products. Skin is much better.Blows a kiss.

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  31. I love the idea! I was going to post the other night (don't think I ever did, if I did I hope I'm not a troll lol) Great reminder to double check what you're posting. Ssoo many times we forget that maybe what we think is witty and light-hearted doesn't exactly sound that way when being read. Will promise to do better in future 'cause truly ain't nobody got time for that :)

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  32. Going to the mattresses I see!

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    1. See now I'm old enough to get that! LOL

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  33. Disagreeing with you its not trolling. A lot of the things you state as absolute facts cab be proved wrong with literature. Maybe you should consider that a lot of your advice is based on your opinion and of course professionAl experience but they are not facts or scientifically proven. Embracing criticism is the way to improvement!

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    1. I have no problem with people disagreeing with me. There is many a thread on here with disagreements. I DO have a problem with people attacking my looks, thoughts or qualifications. That IS trolling. Maybe YOU should consider that it would be REALLY hard for you to know what kind of trolling I was on the receiving end of unless, of course, you were previously contributing to it and not being published..

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    2. Ok maybe I didn't make myself clear. When I mean that you state you opinions as if they were facts, I am referring to things like '[about dermatologists] that's ok, they're wrong too'. I am sorry, but who are you to say that professionals who have studied in University for so many years and are skincare specialist are 'wrong too'? Have you considered that perhaps you are the one who doesn't understand their reasoning due to the lack of scientific knowledge? I am science student myself and I can tell you, they are right. Not because they say so, but because they understand skin, tissues, cells, radiation, free radicals and much more to a very high level that you don't understand unless you have been to University studying Biology and haven't told us.

      I appreciate you are the kind of person who says it as it is. I love that! I think it's wonderful that you speak your mind- it makes people trust you. What would be even better is if you refrained from stating YOUR opinions as FACTS which just sounds ARROGANT and LESS credible (see how annoying it is when people emphasize words with capitals? Don't you want to slap me right now? EXACTLY).

      In regards to your trolls, I know nothing about them so you're right. I don't know how bad they are. I don't understand why people would attack your looks or thoughts. However, I can see why some people might question your qualifications. Now, I am not talking about your beauty qualifications. Those are yours and no one should question them. You earned them I am sure. Just like the dermatologists earned theirs, with the difference that they had to be in higher education for many many many years. Anyway, what people might question is why you talk (sometimes) as if you were an authority who knows better than scientists and dermatologists when you only qualified as beauty therapist. Also, you call your office 'clinic'. That as well might create confusion. According to the English language dictionary, a clinic is a medical setting. You are not a doctor, so why do you run a clinic? All the other beauticians have spas, beauty shops, beauty isles... but clinics? That's for medical personnel.

      I hope you take this criticism well, it is well intended. All the best and thank you for providing us with your opinion and thoughts.

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    3. Hi Mel.

      I've never called myself a doctor, nor would I.
      I appreciate that you are a student of science, I've been yes, qualified, for a number of years but also re-educating myself on a continuous basis, and something that I absolutely know more about than dermatologists is the large variety of products available on the market and their probable reactions on to the skin.
      Dermatologists by and large (although obvs not all) sell products in their practices that they either a: take a full 50% or more margin on or by brands that they are a paid spokesperson for. And they never have to declare it the way people like myself do (that is the only comparison I am making between myself and them BTW)
      Whether or not you think that is fair, I'll leave to you.
      Re the 'Clinic' issue, spas are in hotels and have swimming pools, shops sell products, and aisles are in supermarkets. A lot of people who deal in skin call it a clinic, generally if they are allowed to pierce the skin, something which my training allows me to do if I want to. That's why we have the insurance that we do.
      And I think your science training is being confused with what a dermatologist trains in. And your seemingly dismissive lack of respect for those of us 'only qualified as a beauty therapist' shows, if you'll forgive me, your lack of understanding in what we actually train in.

      I think some dermatologists are brilliant, and I stand by my thoughts that some of them are outdated, ignorant, lazy and do not have their clients best interests at heart.
      And I'm sorry that you want to slap me. That is unfortunate.
      Cx

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    4. I hope my 'smiling' tone isn't completely lost. I promise I'm not growling. ;)

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  34. Ok, Caroline you just earned my respect. Thank you so much for your humble answer. :) And no... I don't want to slap you... I just think it can be really annoying to read capitals.

    Thank you for clarifying the clinic terminology. I genuinely didn't know that word could be used for beauty services.

    In relation to dermatologists, I believe that some might be better than others. It seems to be the way in every profession. I also agree that you know a lot more about beauty products than they do, however, they are the ones who understand sun protection from a physiological and chemical point of view and so you shouldn't be saying they're wrong. If you said 'In my opinion they are wrong' it wouldn't have got to me because everyone is entitled to their opinion. But you stated it as if you had empirical evidence and that really gets to me. I believe it's one of the things that is part of me due to my scientific background. Most people probably don't care!

    I don't want to be dermatologist, I have other plans :) Like you I always like lotions and potions and of course I am very interested in all that goes in the products from a scientific point of view... However, I am also driven by the fact that my skin is so complicated... I have nice skin for the most part, but my skin went mental a year ago and it took a while to get back on track. That's when I found your blog. And you know what? I learned something AMAZING with you! Every doctor, pharmacist, dermatologist, etc, will say mineral oil is fine. And it is if you have dry skin. But it was causing me nasty breakouts (my skin is combination and sensitive to a lot of stuff). I never thought mineral oil would cause acne considering it is 0 or 1 (can't remember) on the comedogenic scale. Well, it did!!! And I probably would have never found out if I didn't come to your blog. So thank you very much for that.

    I believe science is great but to understand skin care better is useful to look at it from both perspectives: the science and the experience of real people in real life. A lot of the time ingredients are not properly tested in the labs because big companies choose what they want to have their scientists researching. So obviously if only a few people complain about mineral oil causing breakouts but the product still sells... I don't think companies will be bother to investigate. That I know. Scientists unfortunately don't choose what they research because they don't have the funds to set up a lab and research whatever the hell they want.

    In addition, there are problems with the comedogenic experiments because our skin is different from the rabbit's or mice skin. What I think (and I might be wrong) is that whatever comes up as comedogenic in animals must be, but certain compounds that don't cause animals any problems might cause us problems. I don't agree with animal testing, not on mammals and rodents anyway.

    Either way, I don't see beauty therapists as 'just beauty therapists'. I believe we can all learn from each other. The mineral oil issue being a good example.

    May I ask you to write a post about denatured alcohol in products? I think people should know about it. I am talking about the fact that denatured alcohol was found to be cytotoxic in vitro (induce cell death) and it is very likely that it can do the same in vivo (on the skin). I read a paper about that. It scares me that so many companies still put alcohol in their products. Can you imagine the consequences? I am not going to wait and see until more research is done (and this time in vivo) I stopped using products with the ingredient because I don't want to risk it.

    Anyway, sorry for the very long post and thank you for the awesome work you do :) Thank you for showing me you are humble and can take fierce criticism and respond adequately. That is really great :)

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