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An Argument for a Comment Registration System (10 posts)

  1. gfmorris
    Posted 10 years ago #

    An argument for a comment registration system, with attendant top-level ideas for functionality.
    Alex suggested that I post this here.

  2. WillM
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Good idea. Get rid of spammers and trolls by only allowing people you like to comment on your site. Not letting people post crap saves you time having to delete it, so I'm all for it.

  3. Matt Mullenweg
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Some of you may have noticed that from the beginning 1.1/1.2 has had a user_id field attached to comments, in anticipation of something very much like this.

  4. gfmorris
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I haven't installed anything past 1.0.2, so I haven't noticed, Matt.
    In WP terms, I would think that you'd have worked it into the current user-registration system, since we have 11 levels of gradation [0-10], of which only three or four at most are needed for multi-user Weblogs. Maybe that is the plan. Dunno.
    Anyhow, good to know. :)

  5. shelleyp
    Posted 10 years ago #

    If you only allow people who agree with you, or people you like to comment, what's the point of having comments?
    Just put a button on your site that your readers can click, which automatically fills the comment box with 'Me, too!'
    Save everyone a lot of time, and trouble.

  6. carthik
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Different shades for different folks, I guess :)
    I can imagine some people only wanting to hear comments from people they know personally, which is similar in spirit to a forum where you have to register and be accepted before you can post.
    Comment registration can be helpful in reducing spam, since a bot would not know/care enough to create a user-account(presuming anyone can register at a blog), assuming that its a bot posting the spam comments.
    But if it's humans posting spam, then instead of deleting just the comments, we might have to delete comments and users on a regular basis :)

  7. TechGnome
    Posted 10 years ago #

    It seems to me people have a one extreme or the other... tighen it down to make it nearly impossible to comment on, or leave it wide open and complain about the spam.
    I was going to comment on this here, but it became a bit long. I've posted it on my site if anyone is interested.

  8. gfmorris
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Your point is a valid one, but if you'll note, I described a system that's flexible enough to allow non-registered users, but adds value to users who are registered.
    I don't want to start determining who is and is not cool enough to post comments. I just want to keep clowns out after they've proven themselves to be clowns [I believe in giving everyone a first chance to make an impression]. I don't think that's too much to ask.

  9. Matt Mullenweg
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Me too!

  10. gfmorris
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I don't know why, but a "me too" from Matt makes me giggle uncontrollably.

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