One of the things I’ve always liked most about II is how open II’s commenting system is. On the other hand, one of the things I’ve come to hate is how open II’s commenting system is.
There are several reasons for this, the two main ones being 1) that emails are not actually validated, which allow for invalid emails to be used and 2) trolls have been rather viciously taking advantage of this ease of anonymity.
If #2 comes as a surprise, be sure to give your props to Puppet, swenson, and Neurotic Platypus for keeping an eye on the comments.
Now, I happen to like talking to people in private and maybe sorting things out before resorting to banning them, but that is not possible when the email provided is not valid, and I am tired of handing out IP bans like Halloween candy.
And so I’ll be overhauling the comments system to use OpenID.
Now, I am well aware that some commenters prefer not to share their personal emails (I’m one of them), which is why the system will have two main features to begin with:
- A nickname, which will appear on the site.
- The OpenID will only be visible to admins.
I plan on linking nicknames to OpenIDs so that we don’t wind up with multiple people with the same names running around, and I also plan on giving the option to display one’s OpenID, but these are things for later.
For now, comments will remain open until I can figure out how to 1) incorporate OpenID smoothly into Textpattern and 2) ensure that all the comments from the current system are properly migrated over.
If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please comment on this post.