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Google Toolbar Bug: AutoFill

Google ToolbarI love the Google Toolbar addon for Firefox. It makes all my surfing a lot faster. One of my favorite features is the ‘AutoFill’ button. For those who don’t use it, it’s a one-click form auto fill. You save all your common info (name, address, phone, email, even credit card info if you want) and any text field that the toolbar thinks it can fill in becomes highlighted in yellow. Click the button and all the fields are filled out. Very nice.

The other day I commented on a half dozen or so blogs (visit these in the new sidebar section –>). Imagine my surprise when I returned to these posts the next day to find my comments missing. If it had just been one I would’ve assumed it was a fluke, but it was all of them, and on different sites.

I emailed Ryan at Employee Evolution and he let me know that all my comments had come in as spam. I just commented on a post there tonight and my comment appeared immediately. The difference? I didn’t use AutoFill this time. Maybe there’s something that happens when the browser fills in the name and email fields automatically that triggers the spam filter on certain blogging software. I’m not positive what the details of the problem are, but I’ll be typing in my info manually from now on. Other Google Toolbar users, you’ve been warned.

For those of you who don’t use it, this is the only bug I’ve found, and it’s a small one. It’s an indispensable addon, if not only for it’s auto spell checker in text fields. I’m an awful speller so this really helps. Although, it doesn’t have “dialogue” in it’s dictionary for some reason.

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Justin Dickinson



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