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Registered and anonymous comments now mergedMeta
Originally when I made the comment system here, I wanted just registered users to be able to post in order to prevent spam. Eventually I decided to allow anonymous comments because someone might have something to add to the discussion without wanting to either login or register in order to do so. Then the spam began, but eventually I found some good methods of stopping it. But I made sure to keep a clear separation between registered user comments and anonymous comments. Registered users got their own section above the anonymous commenters, so if some spam were to come through, it would be at the very bottom anyways, and wouldn't screw up any ongoing discussions.

But I found myself wanting to be able to respond directly to anonymous commenters without having to refer to them by a number, and also to allow anonymous commenters to leave comments where they are relevant in a discussion. I think between some automatic measures as well as my own policing of the comments, spam shouldn't become an issue.

To maintain a distinction though, registered users still have their comments highlighted more brightly/boldly than anonymous users, and I encourage registering if you comment often since then you will have a user page where you can track your comments and submissions.

See this week's Entourage review for a good example of what it looks like now. As usual, let me know if there's any bugs that got introduced during the change.

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    Posted by: junosand on Jul 26th, 2007 | 12:02pm

    I was actually about to suggest this

    • It was time
      Posted by: niraj on Jul 26th, 2007 | 12:13pm

      I was always wary of spam more than anything, which is what caused me to have the separation in the first place. But after having several months of allowed anonymous commenting and some new (and highly effective) anti-spam measures, it's pretty clear that very little spam gets through that I have to manually remove. So it made sense to make the merge.

      I'm just glad that I've found there's some good spam prevention methods that don't involve throwing a captcha in your users' faces. It's funny how many companies are still using those when there's some interesting (and also some complex) solutions floating around that let you do your spambot checking in the background.

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      Posted by: rishi on Jul 26th, 2007 | 02:55pm

      i don't think this rating system is working correctly for me, did you screw it up somehow today know you did.

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        Posted by: niraj on Jul 26th, 2007 | 03:09pm

        Considering this story now has 7 ratings and I haven't rated it, I'm guessing your ratings are counting but you're not getting a confirmation?

        It should change the message when it registers that you voted. If you refresh the page, you should see the new rating, but it will allow you to vote again as well (it does not remember if you voted before the refresh).

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          Posted by: niraj on Jul 26th, 2007 | 11:41pm

          Turns out there was a bug in the rating system, related to having multiple raters on a single page as well as the fact that the main page gets cached. It should work properly now.

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