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  • Hi there-
    this is for an elementary school situation where they’re considering using blogging as part of the curiculum… but they’re concerned about abuse. What they’d like to be able to do is try and filter any comments/posts with questionable content. I think the easiest way for them to do/manage something like that is to have comments that need to be verified moved to a moderators queue, with the posters details recorded. Even better if it can be plugged into/or somehow use another tool such as Dan’s guardian as the filter (I’ve heard it does a reasonable job of phrase filtering.) Obviously this is just a helper, and not a cure- teachers would still need to be involved (perhaps an RSS feed of all new posts?)
    I have no idea if this is even feasable with WordPress, but WordPress comes highly-recommended, and I’d like to suggest this as a potentially better alternative than Movable Type, which is their current first choice.
    Many thanks in advance for any help the community can provide!!

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  • Mark (podz)


    Support Maven

    Filtering comments would be easy – instead of checking for all the online spam stuff, it could check for the abuse, use of teachers names, words like ‘cheat’ and ‘homework’ 🙂
    Regarding commenters details, if pupils have to log in with their own password, and only if they do not share or find out someone else’s password, the commenters details would be recorded.
    An RSS feed of new posts is no problem, and a decent RSS reader can be set to search for particular terms too.
    My suggestion for the posts would be to make a list of ‘conditions of use’ for the pupils. There may well be a way for posts to be filtered before being published, but kids being kids, they’ll soon figure how to bypass the filter or invent new terms of abuse for their online use.
    If the list of conditions are available, along with the sanctions that will be taken if this is not adhered to, then they will have to learn that acting responsibly with this new facility is not just an option.
    The problem will be passwords. If Johnny gets hold of Andy’s password, then he can post as Andy and Johnny gets away with it – and this would be the case even with filters that flag up posts.
    With any new system initially there will be abuse, pupils will see how far they can ‘push things’ and saying that post filters are in place gives them a target to aim for, with kudos going to those that find a way around. If though you monitor the system closely enough for a period of time, with the ‘reward’ of beating the system being that you get no access to the system, they will either learn to use it well, or they will be actively choosing to subvert it.
    Kids have a job to do, and one aspect of that is pushing things to the limit 🙂
    Apologies for rambling …

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