OpenID, Comments and Unfriendly Hosts

Adam Tinworth
Adam Tinworth

If all has gone according to plan, you can now sign into this blog to comment using OpenID. That means you can use your Vox blog address, Livejournal username or any other OpenID service to identify yourself to my blogging software. This is very exciting to the geeks in the audience and probably rather confusing to everybody else…

It was all done using this handy wee plugin.

Incidentally, I discovered while doing this that my webhost had decided to rename my comments.cgi file without informing me, presumably because of an uptick in spam comments, without bothering to inform me. Well, thanks guys. Oh, and thanks for the helpful suggestion in the rename that I should install spam protection. I already had Spam Lookup and MT Akismet in place. Any other suggestions? Or are you just going to randomly disable parts of my site without talking to me whenever you feel like it?

The time has come to move hosts, I suspect.

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Adam is a lecturer, trainer and writer. He's been a blogger for over 20 years, and a journalist for more than 30. He lectures on audience strategy and engagement at City, University of London.