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OpenComment 3.0.22 to be release soon

OpenComment 3.0.22 to be release soon

It will be a huge patch release this time. Let me first start with the new features list…

  • NEW: Search contains the word "search" now as default.
  • NEW: Following rules apply now to the form field "Name":
    If a user is logged in, he can not change his name
    If a guest is around, he can change his name only if the admin settings "name field: No Yes Is the field name read only?" is set to NO
  • NEW:  Avoid logged in user to rate up and down his own comments (he will never be able to rate them). But logged in user can rate his comments as guest!
  • NEW:  Auto moderation function: this do not auto publish automatically comments based on external conditions.
    done: check if one url is in comment or title
    future: check if comment contains at least one or more bad words.
  • NEW:  Use a lot of new CSS tags.
  • NEW: Replying to an existing comment also now Quote automatically the text, not only the title.

And the never ending list of bugs corrected…

  • BUG: Edit comment CSS file was no more available…
  • BUG: Administrator notification was always disabled during save of configuration settings.
  • BUG: if "allow anonymous entry" then comment form is visible. If "allow anonymous entry" = false then only logged in user see the comment form
  • BUG: Comment header missing space
  • BUG: "Additionally the title seems mandatory, but if you don’t put title you are not able to
    submit again the message since it says "you already posted a comment"…"
    1. The anti posting measure can now be switch off
    2. anti posting check is now done after form input validations.
  • BUG: Replying to a comment with special characters in the title was not working, tested in Firefox and IE
  • BUG: Back end: Settings/InputForm/name field = Yes. BUT… name field in comment input form is still editable.

Translations, new keys are in each language file.

  • Dear translations team, Ive duplicated new English keys in other files. (Hungarian, german)

Anti Spamming measures
OpenComment do not need Captcha (com_securityimages component) or Hashcash (com_Hashcash). And this because OpenComment use internally a sort of HASHCASH. This should be more than enough against spammers, If it ever failed, I will switch Captcha on in less than a day. I simply do not want to force users resolving  a Captcha when I can propose something different.

Here also a freemind mindmap with what should be in that release.

Concerning the development, I must also says, that it is not a long term objective for me to try to make OpenComment a commercial grade application, at least not alone ;-). If You want a more complex/easy to use commenting system, maybe You’ll have to look at OpenWordpress or any equivalent.

About The Author

Cédric Walter

I worked with various Insurances companies across Switzerland on online applications handling billion premium volumes. I love to continuously spark my creativity in many different and challenging open-source projects fueled by my great passion for innovation and blockchain technology.In my technical role as a senior software engineer and Blockchain consultant, I help to define and implement innovative solutions in the scope of both blockchain and traditional products, solutions, and services. I can support the full spectrum of software development activities, starting from analyzing ideas and business cases and up to the production deployment of the solutions.I'm the Founder and CEO of Disruptr GmbH.