Defeating SPAM Comments

By Dino Dogan September 04, 2013 4 Comments

Three thousand, three hundred, and thirty nine comments are waiting for my approval.

I wish, oh how I wish these were real comments. Alas, no such luck.

The comments waiting for my approval are mostly written in Chinese, or reference Viagra,or sometimes, only sometimes and if I’m lucky, the comment is asking me to buy tramadol ampules.

I don’t use WordPress comments. I’ve installed the Triberr plugin, so most of the comments that come through are legit. Tho we’ve had an issue of spammers creating fake Triberr account just so they can leave spammy comment.

In such cases, I would simply disable their account and comments would disappear. No muss, no fuss. Easy peasy.

But that brings me to today’s subject and a problem Triberr will have to deal with very soon.

We will be integrating Triberr comments into native WordPress database, which in un-geeked speak means that Triberr comments will work a lot like DisqUs or LiveFyre comments.

But then the question becomes, how do we deal with potential spam comments?

Defeating SPAM

We could easily do what most comment systems do. A captcha, maybe a “click here to prove you’re human”, or any number of verification mechanisms, except those detracts from the process of engaging. So, it’s not ideal.

Anyways…it got me thinking.

How can we defeat spam comments once and for all? No, really. I’m asking.

One Amazing Idea

All we need is one amazing out of the box idea. You think it, we’ll build it.

Triberr is a social network for individual authors, most of whom use their real name. So, we’re already half way there.

What if we flipped the script on comments?

What if, instead of begging people to leave a comment, we turn it into a privilege?

What if the ability to comment was akin to reaching a new level in a game?

These are just some thoughts going through my head, whats going through yours?

Dino Dogan

Dino is the Founder of Triberr, a refugee from Bosnia, and professional speaker with a real job. His real title is Global Force for Badassery.

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