Nothing beats that feeling of finding a gem of a comment amongst the spam. It’s like Easter Egg hunts for WordPressers. Don’t forget to check out our other editorial toons!
Before I start explaining the reasons why we developed Sur.ly, let me briefly tell you how this spam prevention tool works. It’s a new free WP plugin that can make your website or forum non-sensitive to spam attacks by replacing all unwarranted outbound links with safe links to interstitial pages on Sur.ly (hereafter I will clarify why this method to stop spam does matter).
Man. The growth of spam is ridiculous and I spend way too much time moderating comments on this blog than I would like to. Sure, there are a billion different ways to manage spam, ham, and everything else in between from a technology perspective (via plugins, 3rd party systems, honeypots, whatever) but sometimes it’s the more simple things that work the best. Take for example Grant Hutchinson‘s Blacklist Keywords for Comments text file that he shared via Github:
As developers we have the incredible opportunity to provide real value to real people – it reminds me of Spiderman to the Nth degree and how Uncle Ben told Spidey: With great power comes great responsibility. You could also attribute this to Franklin D. Roosevelt as well who said: Today we have learned in the agony of war that great power involves great responsibility. And for some it is truly a war that is going on in their minds and hearts! Take for instance Ben Gilbanks who is pondering what he should do in terms of a plugin that he is […]