[pmwiki-users] Pondering adding comment ability to wiki pages, and thoughts on spam prevention

Simon nzskiwi at gmail.com
Tue Mar 13 13:11:12 CDT 2012

Have a look at the way we stop spam

On 10 March 2012 11:40, tamouse mailing lists <tamouse.lists at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi, all,
> I've long been contemplating adding commenting ability to my wiki
> pages (or some of them) and I've been debating different ways of doing
> this. I've read through the various cook book recipes and weighed
> different methods and options.
> I like the idea of -Talk pages as implemented in pmwiki.org to hold
> discussions. It seems like a pretty straight-forward way of providing
> that sort of mechanism if you want to hold discussions about the
> contents of the base page. However, it really does seem quite
> different than getting casual, drop-by comments from a reader who
> merely wants to ask a question or make a note of something on the page
> itself. So I think I'm going with a hybrid solution of -Talk pages for
> discussion about the page, it's accuracy or it's future, and a comment
> box type function for each page as well.
> For the drive-by comments, it seems like the recommend method is to
> include a comments page, with an editing form on it, rather than embed
> the comments and form directly on the page itself. Is this still true?
> The question of spam blocking always hits me in this arena. I'm no
> stranger to finding captcha code places, however, I really do not like
> most of it; to make things the most difficult for the bots seems to
> also make things overly difficult for the user. I wonder if anyone
> else has looked at alternatives to using a captcha. I was recently
> pointed to http://textcaptcha.com/really which gives several reasons
> why you should not use a captcha at all unless you are absolutely sure
> it is necessary. The techniques they show seem really quite doable,
> but I'm not sure how much could be done via recipes alone (perhaps all
> of it?). I'd at least like to start working on a recipe that can
> implement some of the techniques they describe (perhaps a few recipes
> might be necessary, not sure) with an eye towards integrating them
> into the various ways pmwiki uses forms.
> At any rate, I'd like to know if others have attempted to do something
> similar both with discussions and comments, and with spam prevention
> that does not use captcha or require logins.
> Thanks!
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