New Commenting Policy

Submitted by ryanlee on Tue, 2007-10-02 12:57. :: |

I've added a new commenting policy to combat our OpenID-based spammers. It's a whitelist based on FOAF. There will be more about it in this space as development moves forward, so stay tuned if you'd like to know how to be placed on the whitelist.

As for specifics, the whitelist implementation is a Drupal module that reads a list of OpenIDs from an externally generated set every hour. The user's OpenID is checked against the whitelist at login time, and matches are allowed to proceed with account creation, commenting, etc.

Potential improvements:

  • a UI for settings
  • better database transaction flow, particularly for error handling
  • viewable whitelist

Feel free to contact me if you're interested in the module portion of this equation for use with your own openid.module (again, it does none of the whitelist generation).