[wp-hackers] Email system revamp

Andy Skelton skeltoac at gmail.com
Mon Nov 6 17:50:23 GMT 2006

Another process idea:

Submit the comment form. The commenter is told to check his email.
WP emails the comment to the commenter's address with some links:
Click here to confirm my identity once.
Click here to confirm my identity for all future comments to this blog.
Click here to cancel this comment.
The comment sits in moderation until the commenter is verified and
pending any other comment spam tests.

For blogs concerned with impersonation, trolls, hotheaded commenters
who think twice and retract their comments...

Could be extended to allow commenters to delete their own comments later.



On 11/6/06, Andy Beard <list.andy at gmail.com> wrote:
> Sometimes comments get lost, deleted (even by mistake), or you might want to
> keep a record of the comments you make on different blogs.
> Someone commenting on a blog has to leave an email address, and using some
> plugins also has an option to have followup emails sent to them.
> This isn't an ideal system - it is actually very dangerous
> Here is a better way for it all to be integrated
> When you place a comment you have exactly the same interface as it is now.
> (with the plugin for followups)
> When you post a comment, a copy of what you posted is sent back to you by
> email
> If you reqested followups to the message, you will be provided with a link
> to click to confirm the subscription to the comments.
> Comments are only sent to you if you have confirmed it
> Some of the code would also be used to confirm signing up as a member to a
> blog, before they receive a password.
> The current system works, but is liable to spam complaints. Lots of people
> using email services like AOL tend to hit the "this is spam" button instead
> of the delete button.
> This would be especially true if you posted a comment to a post, subscribed,
> and then the comments exploded with 500 comments in a few hours (it
> happens).
> Every implementation of the subscribe to thread I have seen so far doesn't
> provide you with a link to remove your subscription.
> I deliberately don't use such a plugin on my own domains because what can
> happen if you get spam reports is quite nasty.
> I think this is something major that needs to be looked at.
> This is something I am willing to take on board in the future if noone else
> has the inclination / time / resources to do it now.
> I am not sure how complex it will be to do this correctly, or whether my
> current programmers are up to the task based on experience to date. In a few
> months they will have more familiarity with the core, and it would be a more
> realistic undertaking.
> The plugins currently available are a liability. Spam complaints can affect
> email deliverability, or at worst people's domain names can be frozen,
> especially using popular registrars such as Go Daddy.
> Go Daddy have every right to protect against spam complaints, but it
> shouldn't be caused by Wordpress, or the poor design of existing plugins.
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