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27/06/2008

C*mments

I've managed to cobble together a Comments plugin for this site. It's still a work in progress, so I don't expect it to be 100% reliable just yet. If you submit a comment and it doesn't appear (and you don't consider yourself to be a spammer), please email me and I'll investigate!

I was a bit surprised that, after installing the plugin, it took only 25 minutes for the first spammers to arrive and leave their tell-tale pharmacological trail. Google doesn't bother much with this site, but apparently spammers can immediately find any web page with a comments form - presumably they're searching the internet for anything with the word "comments" in? Perhaps I should have called it something different.

As it turned out, it wasn't too bad, because it gave me the chance to test some IP-blacklisting code I put together. This may or may not work, but I needed a bit of genuine spam to test against. I don't need any more, though. :)

I'm trying out a JavaScript utility called WMD. This lets you format your comments in Markdown and see what the results look like before they're submitted. Although there's a development version of Markdown written in newLISP here, I couldn't use this to generate a live preview in a web page - JavaScript still rules the browser.

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