Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Jan 2012 23:53 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes The last few weeks there's been a considerable amount of chatter on the web about whether or not a news website, blog, or some hybrid thereof, needs comments. Since we are working on the next version of OSNews, which means I've been thinking about things like this a lot, I figured I'd pen down my thoughts on comments.
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RE: Comment by Anonymous Penguin
by Morgan on Wed 11th Jan 2012 01:07 UTC in reply to "Comment by Anonymous Penguin"
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

You're correct that the "mod down" ability allows unscrupulous people to censor ideas they don't agree with, but unfortunately there isn't a really good way to have metamoderation that properly deals with spam and deliberate trolling otherwise. How do you handle spammers and trolls on your site without dedicating way too many hours to moderating by you and your staff?

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Anonymous Penguin Member since:
2005-07-06

1)We introduced 2 quizzes. That on its own was plenty to stop spammers, but the very occasional one.
2)Since IPB 3.2 we have very good filters.

Nowadays we have 0 (zero) spammers.

In fact the very nature of my job has totally changed: from "policeman" to community manager.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

That's awesome! The only sites I manage are a personal writing blog and a local weather blog, both using Wordpress, and even with Akismet and similar plugins it's hard to keep the spammers at bay. And I get very little traffic to both sites.

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kateline Member since:
2011-05-19

How do your quizzes work? Do you mean questions that have to be answered correctly in order to post, and this eliminates machine-generated spam?

This would get rid of spam, but how do you manage trolls?

Thanks for your feedback.

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