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A Project Page

So I did put up a small project page. Not much to see for now. But it’s a start…

WP Mollom
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Mollom vs Trackback spam

Hum. The plugin in WordPress doesn’t support trackback checking yet. No big deal? Well, I have 24 spams in my moderation queue, the majority of them are trackback spam.

So… yet another feature to implement. Just wondering how the flow of operations should look like. Moreover: how/where do I implement a CAPTCHA? Is it necessary to do this implement? Given the 99.8% accuracy Mollom claims, is it a bad thing if a trackback would be identified as a false positive and the CAPTCHA step is skipped altogether? One can retrieve the false positive through the moderation queue altogheter, no?

Anyway, adding trackback support should be fairly simple.

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Mollom for WordPress iv

Yesterday, I made a last codingscram and implemented the entire feedback/moderationqueue in the dashboard. It works acceptable enough to put out a very rough betaversion out to the testers. Which I did yesterday-evening. I’m very curious about their feedback. I’ve already listed some points that will need improvement.

If you’d like to participate in testing please mail me!! Remember Eric Raymond’s famous aphorism: give enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow!

On the train to Antwerp. I got this idea: If a comment goes into the moderation queue, WordPress automatically sends out an e-mail to warn the site administrator. It would be such a breeze if the user could moderate and send feedback to Mollom through links in that e-mail instead of opening a browerwindow, go to the dashboard and start moderating.

Apparently, Field Commander Wieers got the same idea. Another optional feature I would like to add is the addition of a rel='nofollow' on every link that’s being posted in the comments. Something that could be very easily accomplished through the multiple comments hooks WordPress provides.

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Mollom for WordPress III

A little progress update on my Mollom for WordPress plugin. The past ten days some unexpected real life events kept me back from programming. No worry, I hope to do some hacking in the upcoming long weekend.

So, where do I stand? Well, I just need to implement the last necessary feature: the moderation queue and feedback module that catches the last 0.1% of (unsure/spammy) messages that Mollom can’t process itself. Shouldn’t be much more than an afternoon’s work though.

More important: it’s testing time! I’m in need of people who want to put the plugin to the test and who want to send me some feedback. Areas that need testing are: effectiveness of the spamfilter, usability (easy install, easy use), code (did I write it properly? What could/should be optimized?)

You can drop me a line on my mailadres matthias apetail netsensei dot nl if you want to take part, and I’ll send you the plugin. Important note: you need a stand alone installation of WordPress. The plugin doesn’t work with wordpress.com hosted blogs.

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Mollom voor WordPress ii

Zo. We zijn een half dagje verder. Dit is de tussenstand: 0 spammers door de mazen van het net gegelipt. 7 spams in de moderation queue waarvan er 3 door jullie werden achtergelaten. 1 spam (Houbi) per ongeluk in de moderation queue blijven hangen. Niettegenstaande de mens legit is.

Kijk, voorlopig laat ik alles daar even hangen. Ik moet nog een feedback module in mijn plugin hangen zodat ik de Mollom servers kan terugsturen waarom iets wel of niet spam/profanity/unwanted/… is.

Tenslotte blijkt er inderdaad iets loos te zijn met het tonen van de image CAPTCHA’s. Da’s alvast doorgegeven.

Al bij al een klein succesje denk ik dan zo.

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Mollom

Mollom, Mollom en nog eens Mollom. Van één van de makers van Drupal.

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Twitter spam

Als ik de laatste twee dagen Twitter wat lijk vol te spammen. Mijn excuses daarvoor. Ik ben bezig met iets uit te werken. Nu ja, ik moet toch ooit die 1000 tweets zien te halen. Niet?