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So, I nominate myself head moderator

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Permalink Send private email muppet 
January 25th, 2006 11:11am
I thought AHA promised "no moderation"
Permalink The OP 
January 25th, 2006 11:11am
Actually I didn't promise "no moderation"..  I just haven't coded any yet!

I think moderation, in moderation, is a good thing.  Rarely, if ever, was a posting deleting.
Permalink Send private email Almost H. Anonymous 
January 25th, 2006 11:13am
Absolutely nobody...we've had enough dancing bananas today thank you. 
Permalink Send private email a cynic writes 
January 25th, 2006 11:13am
"Rarely, if ever, was a posting deleting."

Shit, it's been all of 12 hours and you've already deleted some posts?
Permalink The OP 
January 25th, 2006 11:14am
Somebody's going to have to be responsible for changing the sidebar!
Permalink Send private email Almost H. Anonymous 
January 25th, 2006 11:15am
How does the sidebar changing work?
Permalink Send private email Mat Hall 
January 25th, 2006 11:20am
Since I already know how to maintain the sidebar I'm a natural for the position of moderator.

;-)
Permalink Send private email muppet 
January 25th, 2006 11:22am
You're assuming it works in the same way.  It might be some special magic!
Permalink Send private email Mat Hall 
January 25th, 2006 11:26am
Anyway it doesn't need to be quite as elaborate as Joel's backend.  All you really need are a couple of extra links for moderator types (which means you need authentication and cookies but that's easy) that allow a flag to be set for deleted posts.

I know this is really obvious but my point is it's trivial and should be an afternoon's work if you're not worried about a slew of admin screens behind the scenes.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
January 25th, 2006 11:27am
Currently the sidebar is static HTML text -- very annoying to change.

I think we'll need a bit of a software upgrade before we move ahead with moderation / sidebar changing.

After I fix a few bugs related to my day job (and after I drop my daugher off at school) I'll try and get the subversion repository up for this site.
Permalink Send private email Almost H. Anonymous 
January 25th, 2006 11:27am
Yeah, adminning is trivial. You just need to be able to send posts to limbo.
Permalink MarkTAW 
January 25th, 2006 11:28am
Hooking up a bayesian filter (assuming you want one) might be slightly more tricky.  :-)
Permalink Send private email muppet 
January 25th, 2006 11:29am
Bayesian filtering was basically only useful for "Fuck this asshole is annoying, I'd like to moderate his posts from now on."
Permalink The OP 
January 25th, 2006 11:32am
Strange, I just posted as normal. Must have been because of my IP address.
Permalink MarkTAW 
January 25th, 2006 11:33am
And it could STILL be useful for just that.  :-)
Permalink Send private email muppet 
January 25th, 2006 11:34am
"Hooking up a bayesian filter (assuming you want one) might be slightly more tricky.  :-)"

Joel's implementation was terribly simplistic, and was prone to false positives (it was detrimental more than it was beneficial, in my time observing it). Weighting a post based upon the source IP, nick, URL, and the length and content of the post isn't terribly difficult.
Permalink Blah 
January 25th, 2006 12:08pm
I think Joel's implementation was perfectly fine as long as it was human reviewed.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
January 25th, 2006 12:09pm
There already exists an open source bayesian filter for PHP..  I've never used it but it might be worth popping in.
Permalink Send private email Almost H. Anonymous 
January 25th, 2006 12:18pm
Could you just run posts through a separate filter like SpamAssassin?  I once had a WordPress plugin which would run comments through the SpamAssassin installation which was already running on my server, and it seemed to work pretty well.
Permalink Send private email Ryan 
January 25th, 2006 1:18pm
Joel's implementation would have been OK if ?joel ever saw any posts approved rather than just deleted, or if it had been used strictly for spam and not editorially as well.

Then again, an autopilot filter that filters out posts crtitical posts must have suited him just fine.
Permalink MarkTAW 
January 25th, 2006 5:06pm

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