August 22nd, 2007

Comments links working—for now

I’m aware that for a long time there’s been a problem putting links into comments on this blog. Part of the link gets broken and appears at the beginning of the paragraph.

It’s been a real annoyance to me, and I’m sure to many of you. I’m happy to report that I’ve found the source of the problem: a plugin that handles both the preview and captcha functions was causing a glitch.

I’ve disabled the plugin and those functions for now, so it’s good news and bad. The good news is that you won’t have to bother with reproducing that #$*@! code before posting your comments, and any comments links should work the way they’re supposed to. The bad news is that you’ll temporarily lose the preview function. But that’s OK; everyone gets a pass on typos.

The other bad news is mostly for me: there may be a bit more spam for a while, and I’ve got to find a new plugin to take over those functions. Maybe even two new plugins. Any suggestions from WordPress experts?

13 Responses to “Comments links working—for now”

  1. neo-neocon Says:

    Testing a link.

  2. commenter Says:

    How about this comment?

  3. anonymess Says:

    what’s happening here with comments?

  4. commenter Says:

    Or this one?

  5. Ymarsakar Says:

    Neo’s testing a solution to prevent links from creating junk text.

  6. Ymarsakar Says:

    Any suggestions from WordPress experts?

    internet forums using the PBB whatever code, seems to get quite a lot of intelligent bot spam. They also use a colored system of Code verification. I like those better than the black and white kind, because yours is very hard to see.

  7. Ymarsakar Says:

    Don’t know whether these work or not, Neo.

    http://weblogtoolscollection.com/archives/2004/09/24/three-strikes-and-out-damned-spam-out-i-say/

    This was also interesting, although perhaps not relevant.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Xhqs7aHVyo

  8. Ymarsakar Says:

    http://blog.software-acumen.com/2007/02/21/tackling-comment-spam-in-wordpress/

    I use Akismet since that is what wordpress blogs come with automatically, and they are very effective. Except perhaps for manual spam posters of course. Those that post one hyperlink.

  9. neo-neocon Says:

    Ymar, try posting a link with the URL hidden and see if it works.

  10. Ymarsakar Says:

    I don’t mean whether the links would work, rather I was refering to the solutions written by the authors of the posts I linked to.

    I didn’t use html imbedding because I was in a hurry.

  11. Ymarsakar Says:

    Your solution does seem to have fixed the problem, Neo, judging from other commenters.

  12. Ymarsakar Says:

    Your solution, Neo, is also a good example of behavioral modification.

    Now that it has become easier to post comments, people post a lot of them. This also raises the spectre of endless debate wars. It is an interesting trait of humanity that regardless of how many times you tell people to ignore trolls, the best way to modify behavior is to make it harder or easier to do.

    Make an action harder, such as fighting terrorism, and people will do less of it. Flying Imams with CAIR lawsuits against any that dares speak out ,for example.

    Make an action easier, such as invading people’s homes and killing folks, such as Britain, and more people will do it.

    This field of behavioral modifciation is very powerful. They use it in interrogation as well. And Vietnam is one ultimate example of how you modify the behavior of a nation.

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