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The comments I've been getting here in the recent have been extremely useful and insightful. A lot of them are from the US, and I'm in Ireland, which means there's a lag sometimes before they're made visible. I'm thinking about lifting the moderation trap and/or using captchas to let the good stuff pass staight through. There's a potential for spam (urk), whihc I hope a captcha can deal with initially .

One irritant about commenting is that I don't always remember where I've commented and I'm not organised enough to be keeping track. So maybe adding comment feeds is a better option - does anyone use them?

June 22, 2005 09:26 AM


James Governor
(June 22, 2005 10:40 AM #)

MT allows the ability to subscribe to comments. it makes so life so much easier. not tracking comments you have made, or others have given, is like wasting an hour a day or something. i would say comment feeds is a superb idea.

great post on grease monkey by the way. its funny. me and stephen loosely do an architect/developer split in our coverage. and guess what - greasemonkey makes me nervous, it makes him go: cool!

from my POV, greasemonkey and related mechanisms, and x-forms to a certain extent, are going to munge data and presentation into all sorts of interesting and uncontrollable shapes creating new brittle management nightmares.

remediation and fashion keep us all in jobs though, which is nice.

Dave Pawson
(June 22, 2005 12:57 PM #)

Please don't use captcha Bill.

out why. I'm sure you could find an alternative.

TIA, DaveP

T. Joad
(June 22, 2005 02:58 PM #)

Disallow active links. Reject any comment with a protocol prefix string (e.g., http://).

Parand Tony Darugar
(June 22, 2005 07:12 PM #)

I ended up using lr2spam, a wordpress plugin. There's probably something similar for MT, and the code is quite simple so you could roll your own even if there's not.

The solution can be extremely simple; it just has to be different from the basic submit so bots can't hit it. Jeremy, for example, asks you to enter his first name. Simple, none of the captcha issues, and likely very effective.

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