Spammers Begone

I have today released a new feature for the DearDiary.Net site which puts the power to dispose of spammers firmly in the hands of our trusted users. I will no longer need to verify that people who are marked as spammers should in fact be removed from the site. Instead of relying on any user to advise me that a site is spam, I have changed the system a little.

Trusted users will have their account marked as ‘Moderator’ and will be able to mark sites as spam (which will remove them from any visibility from search engines, as well as remove them from the front page lists or recent updates lists) without any interaction from me. Click the menu bar at the top that shows ‘Mark as Spammer’ and they’ll be gone.

To do this, you need to be marked as a moderator. I will only be allowing people who I’ve known on the site (or in person) for a while to do this, as it’s extremely powerful and requires an element of trust. If you would like to become a moderator and you’ve been on the site for a while and are reasonably well known to me, please let me know your username and I will consider your request :-)

This should help return DearDiary.Net to the more community focussed site that it should be rather than the continual spam cleanup site it has become of late!

Any comments, please feel free to leave them below as always!

Call for Volunteers

I’m looking for volunteers….

I’ve long since abandoned the idea that DearDiary.Net will ever pay for the server on which it’s hosted and as a result I’ve set up some other websites that do assist with paying the server fees. They can be found at http://imho.qodo.org/ and http://www.reviewmacsoftware.com/

But, and this is where my call for help comes in, I REALLY need some new content to put on them. Please have a look at the sites, and if you think you can contribute an article or two (or as many as you’d like) it would really help us out. We can attribute you as the author and link to your diary (or a personal homepage of your choice) which may well assist you if you want to write semi-professionally or professionally for other sites in the future.

Thanks for your time reading this – if you have any questions you can raise them here or drop me an e-mail to steve (at) kabarty . net – thanks again!

Server Strangeisms

I have updated the server – which should result in increased speed (both the hardware has been upgraded and the software running it)

However, the software side of things has caused some compatibility issues which I’ve tracked down and currently believe I have fixed. With that said though, there may be something I haven’t spotted that’s acting weirdly. If that’s the case, please leave a comment here and I will look into it for you.

Hopefully the upgrade does let the site load quicker, otherwise it was all a waste of time!

Huge Number of Spammers Removed

The anti-spam solution is working again and the ‘Wizard’ has combed the site and removed approximately 400-500 spammers from our midst. I’ve also setup an automated process (with human verification) which will go through and check recent signups and mark them as spammers if it considers them so.

If you’re browsing the site and come across someone who’s clearly a spammer, you can help the system to learn who’s spam and who’s not but clicking the ‘Report Blog and Author’ menu bar (if you’re logged in) located under the Wangguard heading.

I’ve also made some changes server-wise and we are now on an upgraded server with extra RAM and speedier (SSD accelerated!) hard drives. Hopefully the sites load a bit quicker – they seem to so far.

At some point in the not too distant future I’m going to make a start on some new developments here, so if there’s features you want to see added, you better let me know in the comments :-)

Ability to ‘autopost’ to Legacy/Archive System implemented

After a quick straw poll in the Facebook group it seemed like a good thing to offer!

If you have migrated your diary from the ‘legacy’ (deardiary.org) system, when you add a new entry to the NEW system (deardiary.net, ie: the one you’re reading this entry on) then you’ll see a little tickbox up in the top right hand corner inside the ‘Entry Options’ box. (The Entry Options box has been renamed, as it used to say ‘Friends Only’ at the top, but now it does more than just friends only).

The little tick box says ‘Also post to deardiary.org’. If you place a tick in this box then the entry you’re typing will also get automatically posted to the legacy site at deardiary.org. Any friends you have who have requested notifies from you will get notified from the old site (if they’re on both, they’ll get notified twice!)

This saves the multitude of people who’ve migrated but still like to keep their entries updated on deardiary.org as well because they have loyal readers who haven’t yet migrated, from having to copy and paste the entry, re-login to the old site, yadda yadda yadda.

Some Caveats though:

  1. You can only post NEW entries to the legacy site. You cannot post updates. This is because the indexing system is different on the old site and I can’t see a sensible way to tell the old site which entry you’re actually updating. I might come up with something in the future, but for now this is a restriction. (Note, entries that you migrated or typed before today will allow you to do one ‘post to deardiary.org’ even if you’re doing an update, but deardiary.org will see it as a totally new entry).
  2. You must not have changed your password on the legacy system since you migrated. If you have changed your password on the legacy deardiary.org system since you migrated, drop me a line and I’ll update the new system so it knows.
  3. You won’t see the tickbox if you’re not a migrated deardiary.org user. So if you have never signed up and migrated from deardiary.org you can’t use this feature.

Cool facts:

  • If you mark your entry on this system as Friends Only as well as tick the Post To DearDiary.Org tickbox, your entry will be posted as Friends Only over there too.
  • If commenting is disabled over here, the entry will be posted with commenting disabled over there too.
  • The date you set on your post here is the date it will show over there.
  • Images embedded in your entry on the new system will also be embedded on the old. But be aware, the old system strips ‘a href’ tags to reduce spam appeal unless you’re a Supporter. I might reverse this change since no-one can sign up on the legacy site any more.

I haven’t tested ‘Scheduled Posts’ – they might not work, or they might :-)

Comments are of course welcome – let me know what you think.