More on comments

Posted Jun 24, 2004 in si-blog.

Most of the comment spam I get is from people trying to get referrals. If I turned off the URL autolinking, they would get no click-through traffic.

If I go with the two tier system I discussed earlier, the XHTML comments would still allow comments with active links; however, I could limit such comments to registrants, or make the user jump through a hoop before posting. That might be sufficient to deter the spammer.

Speaking of hoops, what about one of those computer-unreadable passwords, hidden in a graphic? They raise accessibility questions, but there will always be the plain text comment option to get around that.


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    What about making the graphic password optional? If the password is provided you may use HTML, if not the post will be text only.

    Posted by Mark Wubben on Jun 24, 2004.

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    Are you suggesting that the existence (or absence) of the password will determine how my CMS treats the comment? I think I'd rather use a standard form control to make that determination, because the user would expect that.

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Jun 24, 2004.

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    You can have it both ways. Add a small notice that not filling in the password will always make the comment be displayed in text mode. If you provide the password you may decide for yourself.

    Posted by Mark Wubben on Jun 25, 2004.