Going to Web 2.0 for Good

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_ Web 2.0 for Good will explore how Web-based tools such as blogs, wikis, podcasting and social bookmarking can be used to promote social change and innovation. These new tools offer unprecedented potential for campaigning organisations, charities, public sector bodies, social entrepreneurs and CSR practitioners to extend their reach, prominence and impact.

I’ve always believed that the web should be an instrument of good, of change and of sustainability, so this event is refreshing. Looking forward to going to it.

Cutting out comment spam

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OK, so I’m not a fan of the Akismet approach for one or two reasons, and it seems that although making users log in to comment works as an anti-spam device, it doesn’t encourage random people to comment, and lets face it, that’s half the joy of blogging – you meet loads of people from all over the world, just ‘cos you wrote something.

So I disabled the “you must be logged in to comment” thing, and as soon as I did I started getting comment spam again, like 10 or so an hour. And it pissed me off – my inbox just doesn’t need it, and I don’t want to delete another spam comment ever again if I can help it. Hence the need for another solution…

Along comes Adrian and George, commenting to my post about comment spammers, offering up “did you pass math” as a solution.
So I did some reading here, here and here, and then installed it, and I have to say that the sheer simplicity and gracefulness of it makes me think that there is still hope (for what, you’ll have to decide)… After one or two tweaks of my own, I’m happy as Larry and good to go. Thank you Steven!

My recommendation – try it – you won’t be disappointed.

Get your WIKI’s out, please

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Thinking of implementing a Wiki? This little resource, which allows you to compare Wiki software in a nice comparison matrix, should get you on your way…
_ WikiMatrix

I’ve been looking at DocuWiki, MediaWiki and PhpWiki as solutions for various problems…:
http://www.wikimatrix.org/compare/DokuWiki+MediaWiki+PhpWiki