In this post I described how overactive master spam algorithms were preventing people from commenting on blogs (and showed how to get your name removed from one such list). Now Matt Brown has contacted me noting that typepad's reCAPTCHA software has prevented him from commenting on an earlier post I did about the pandora algorithm (everything seems to be about algorithms these days). Here was the comment:
Along the lines of (1) in BP Morton's first comment, it's important to point out that Pandora (supposedly) draws on the Music Genome Project to characterize similar songs. Tone Loc, Sir Mixalot, and Sublime may not have influenced Beastie Boys, nor be liked by those who like the Beastie boys, but they may share some "musicological DNA" with the Beastie Boys. (And sampling the first Tone Loc song that came up on YouTube, I can see how that overlap might work, w/ early Beastie Boys, at least.)
ReCAPTCHA software tries to prevent bots from posting on blogs by having users retype text that is distorted enough to not (at least not yet) be recognizable by machines used by spammers. Brown tried again and again and the thing wouldn't accept what he typed.
From googling, I gather that other people have this problem. Posts like this shows how to turn of the reCAPTCHA algorithm in typepad. Basically you click Settings, the click Comments, and then un-tick Require Verification Code (there are pictures on the post to which I linked). One weird thing is that I never ticked that box in the first place, but I've unticked it now.