Our Manila server has been getting hit hard with comment spammers again. I guess maybe they read my post about comment spam the other day.
Here are some features I would look for in a blog platform that would help me monitor and eliminate comment spam and spammers.
- If there’s a membership list, like what Manila has (I think mine is private. It lists members and their e-mail addresses.), I’d like to be able to view it by who has joined recently, not just alphabetically by e-mail address. (Anytime someone comments on this Manila blog, they automatically become a member.)
- The discussion group, which shows recent comments, is an easy way to monitor comment spam. It could be improved if, like other areas of this blog, there were a check box next to each message and options to do mass deletions. Reight now, it takes about three or four clicks beyond getting to the discussion group to delete a message. It’s possible to delete comments in the comment box, but you have to get to the comment box first. Since the discussion group provides an easy way to view new comments, it makes sense to have an easy way to delete comments there, too.
- Maybe having some box where people have to type the letters in an image isn’t the bad idea I think it is.