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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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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Anonymous Penguin Member since:
2005-07-06

We have quite often in excess of 2000 visitors ;)

Right now it it is quiet, "1684 users are online"

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ssokolow Member since:
2010-01-21

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.


Have you tried a combination of Bad Behaviour, Spam Karma 2, and the Akismet sub-plugin for SK2? It still works with current WordPress and, in the half decade or so I've been using it, it's had a 100% accuracy rate.

I still have to moderate trackbacks, because Spam Karma 2 doesn't have enough data to be sure about them, but I don't get very many of those and you could always turn them off if comments are enough.

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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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Anonymous Penguin Member since:
2005-07-06

Our quizzes have 2 aims:
1)Stop spammers
2)As ours is a highly technical forum, we want to make sure that our users have a basic computer knowledge.
Quiz 1 let's them write in the "New Users Lounge". 13 questions, 10 answers must be correct.
Quiz 2 allows them to write everywhere, 15/20.

We have very few trolls, possibly due to the quizzes as well, but we have also 30 members of staff who deal with all issues which might occur.

I hope this answers your questions ;)

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