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Comment Moderation

I suppose it is naive to think we would not get bogus spam comments, but we‘re generally optimistic people. Oh well.

Given the spam we‘ve received, I have set comments to be invisible to other users when posted until we‘ve had a chance to review them (usually the next business day). The comment system will remember you (using a cookie ID that will live for a few days) when you post a comment, so you will be able to see your comment (with a lovely pink background to show it is not visible), and we will be able to see it, but no one else will see it until we approve it.

If you discover any problems, please let me know.

I‘m just happy I don‘t have a Skype phone - the thought of getting audio spam is far too frightening!

Posted Monday, June 26, 2006. Permalink. 4 Comments.


Hard to get a user excitement up if everything is moderated (usually the next business day).

Isn't that what "captchas" are for?

Posted Tuesday, June 27, 2006 09:06 AM by Peter Ripley.

I deeply synpathize :-(

Posted Tuesday, June 27, 2006 03:14 PM by Corentin.

Yes, captchas are used for this, and we may well add them and try that out. That or a login system perhaps. Or perhaps we could set up a bunch of trusted users who also get to see unmoderated comments and can allow them.

For now, we’ll just show them as they appear. It’s not like we really sleep after all ;-)

Posted Thursday, June 29, 2006 11:56 PM by Peter N Lewis.

I like the idea of using cookies and pink background. I will also start using such system.

Thanks for the hint.

Posted Friday, October 20, 2006 02:17 AM by Mandar Thosar.

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