Sunday 13 November 2005 — This is over 17 years old. Be careful.
Last week, my post about the French riots drew more comments (37!) than any other post on this blog ever. Also, during the time when most of those comments were accumulating, I was getting about twice the number of hits as usual. Looking at the stats, it looks like a lot of it was people refreshing the comment page to see if there were any new ones.
So I’ve added a new feature to my home-grown comment system. Now at the bottom of the form is a checkbox: Email me future comments. If you check it and provide an email address, then all comments after yours on that post will be emailed to you. Please try it out, and let me know if you have any problems.
The other implementation that was interesting: "the RSS feed of comments left on threads where I commented".
You have one such feed per site (instead of one per blog post) and the name you type in is used as the identifier. Can't remember where I saw this, could dig it up if you wanted.
Keith: I don't get much comment spam. I've had a few specific pests over the years, but I've tweaked Reactor so that it doesn't let them in for the most part. As for flames, judging from which threads get the most posts, I think that's what people want to see!
Julien: RSS is an interesting option, but I think I would personally never use such a thing, because an RSS subscription feels like a more permanent thing than the comments on a particular post. It's certainly an option for the future, but email felt more like the right weight for something like this.
Peter: I suppose I could leave it on by default, but looking at how people use the comments here, I'm not sure that's best, especially given Keith's concerns about people being annoyed by the results.
When I said "flames" I was really thinking of a stalker I have. :) He goes through proxies so I can't reliably block him by IP. I even tried some other clever things but nothing stuck or disuaded him. I only just thought of using IP blacklists last night, so I'll see how effective that is at stopping most of his comments.
> but I've tweaked Reactor so that it doesn't let them in for the most part
Would you mind going into any details? I'm wondering if anything would be useful for me.
1) prevent comments that had more than 6 links,
2) prevent comments that had emails in a particular and unusual pattern that one spammer kept using,
3) pick some particular words that spammers kept using, and my readers did not (the names of drugs, for example), and prevent comments containing them.
The idea of a feed for any entries a user has commented on would be a great idea for a blog that you frequently comment on.
Funny, i have the exact opposite reaction. If I subscribe to an RSS feed and change my mind. I hit delete and it disappears from my computer. Unsubscribing from an email list should be just as easy, but often I find it is not.
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