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6/23/2010

Fighting spam with MonoX

Categories: MonoX

Blog comment spam has been a massive frustration for our users over the last few months. Although the original release of MonoX blog subsystem followed the Google recommendations for preventing comment spam, the guys behind this obviously lucrative business don't really care about "nofollow" tags - they are submitting non-relevant comments agresivelly. On a side note, there are several companies that allow you to buy spam comments in batches of 100 or 1000, as described in this article. It's no wonder that some of our users got more than 20k spam comments submitted in less than six months to only a dozen blog posts.

This is going to change with the new, "social networking" release of MonoX later this month. We provide a pluggable, provider-based architecture that enables users to pick one or more public antispam services or develop their own solutions. Akismet and Defensio are suported out-of-the-box; if you want to develop your own filter we recommend starting with the article on Bayesian spam filter on CodeProject.

You may choose manual or automatic comment approval modes - in any case, if the comment is considered to be spam, it will not show in the comment list without your approval and your resident spammer will have to search for his next victim somewhere else.

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6/23/2010

MonoX as a Social Networking platform

You may noticed that we've been quiet for the last couple of months. The vacation season is not the primary reason for the lack of updates - quite contrary, we are adding new features to MonoX on a daily basis. Just to give you a test of things to come, here is a short list of features that will be included in the next version that will be released later this year:

- MonoX is switching to .NET 3.5, allowing us to use LINQ, Dynamic Data, portions of MVC technology and similar stuff in the core libraries
- we have switched to the Web application project model, as it offers way better development experience on larger projects - compilation process is now shortened dramatically
- we have introduced some exciting changes to the licensing scheme - more on that later
- MonoX will include a complete Social Networking module set: friend lists, invitations, messaging, wall, notes, groups, profiles...
Stay tuned for more news and let us know which features do you want to see included in next releases.

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