Don’t EVER Have Comments Queue For Approval
One thing that irks me online, is blogs that require comments to go through content moderation before approval.
Even if a site moderator or admin only goes to the site daily, this stifles the conversation that could be going on. To myself, the conversation that ensues is almost as important as the post itself.
I haven’t deleted a comment from this site in over 3 months, and for those familiar with The Web Executive, they know that the only comments you will ever find on here are from intelligent, relevant, human, (and probably very good looking) individuals.
My other trick is that you won’t find any annoying CAPTCHA systems, because personally, trying to read those to me is like try to read a Dr’s handwriting. Impossible…
So what’s the secret? I host my site through MediaTemple, and have had a server with them for many years now, and I decided to switch on their free CloudFlare CDN service. This not only acts as a standard Content Delivery Network, but also has a very nifty layer of security on top.
Ever since switching this on, I read the reports CloudFlare generate for me, and I can see that every bot, scanner, and complete idiot get blocked. If the system finds that they are coming from an undesirable IP, or the traffic or headers coming from it are dubious, then it puts a landing page in front of them which they must pass through manually.
Long story short, it is a very worthwhile service to look into, it means I have to spend less time monitoring, and more time providing.