Has anyone else noticed that comments on Boxes & Arrows have basically
I realize that B&A had a bad spam attack and even shut down commenting for a
spell while they set up a system to require authentication in order to
create comments. The authentication system they chose is supposedly
something that other bloggers can tap into (if they subscribe to it), but
not many have from what I have seen.
Having recently faced this problem recently I have taken a slightly
different path. The one that requires you to read an unOCRable (scanable)
graphic and type in the string. AND just in case that isn't enough I
moderate the comments (I never imagine getting as many as Boxes and Arrows
or Ok-Cancel for that matter).
Now, I know that B&A is not officially a blog as it has an editorial staff,
but its use of commenting is very blog like and well is one of the more
attractive features of the zine.
My question is ... What are some of the ideal ways to allow users to post
comments while limiting spammers? Either that you have seen or conceived. I
find it a shame that great blogs out there don't even allow comments and I'm
sure spam is part of that reason. Are trackback URLs enough for commenting?
It assumes everyone has a blog to trackback with AND it assumes that my
comment is worthy of a blog entry on my own site.