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Comment Filtering (anti-abuse)

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Comment Filtering (anti-abuse)

Short, concise description of the idea
Filter out abusive comments and/or posts before they reach the user; remove the necessity to block Anonymous comments when an Anonymous person is being abusive.

Full description of the idea
As I commented somewhere in lj_biz: I am reading a lot about "Nasty Comments" being left, and how the user has to see the comment anyway, etc. blah blah. Well...why not create a series of "Comment Filters"? Kind of like Hotmail's mail filtering, maybe with a generic security level added on. For example, provide a general Comment vulgarity restrictor based on choice expletives and derogatory words, with a few levels, each higher level restricting less and less offensive words and phrases from a known dictionary. Then, provide another restrictor with specific restriction definition, with the following components: * A drop-down list of the types of checks to be done per-comment (Subject contains, body contains, either contain, etc.) * A few (three or four) text fields after each drop-down list to enter filter keywords/phrases * A set of Boolean operators between each text field (AND, OR, NOT, whatever) In this way a user could custom-configure LiveJournal to deny posting of a comment that clashes with their filter settings. This has worked wonderfully with my Hotmail accounts and my junk mail has dropped significantly, estimated signal-to-noise ratio of about 45:1 now. (That means 45 good messages in my Inbox to 1 bad one, for those who didn't pick up on that.) Another application of this filtration would be Friends and non-Friends page browsing when logged in. In this way anyone whose journal entry contains content you don't want will either not appear or could be "edited" by the system before getting to you. This would require that you be logged in, however.

An ordered list of benefits

  • Abusive comments are dramatically lowered in frequency per journal.
  • Banning users from commenting will not be as necessary.
  • Anonymous comments can be screened so that disabling anonymous posts is not necessary to stop abuse.
  • Application of the filters to LiveJournal in general could prevent offensive entries from appearing or from being as offensive when browsing non-Friends journals.
  • An ordered list of problems/issues involved

  • As with all filters, some good content could be filtered out accidentally.
  • Not all abusive comments/posts will be caught.
  • An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation

  • A general security level that filters from a known dictionary of words and phrases, with each higher level filtering out more offensive words/phrases than before. The maximum level should filter out virtually anything that's even mildly offensive. I suggest at least five levels of filtration.
  • A drop-down list of the types of checks to be done per-comment (Subject contains, body contains, either contain, etc.)
  • A few (three or four) text fields after each drop-down list to enter filter keywords/phrases
  • A set of Boolean operators between each text field (AND, OR, NOT, whatever) to make filters more robust.
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