Blogsphere Mod for download - blocking comments by IP address...
Like many other bloggers (both Blogsphere and non-Blogsphere alike), I got spammed in my comments area by someone pushing links of, um... "questionable content". It was easy to see the IP address of the comments, but there wasn't much I could do about it. I don't host my own blog, so I couldn't set up my firewall to block out content. What to do, what to do?
Attached is a zipped .NSF file that contains new/changed design elements that will allow you to block comments to your blog based on one or more IP addresses. There's a new form that will accept an address (or you can use asterisks as wild cards) that should be blocked. When a new comment is added via the web, there's a lookup to those addresses. If there's a match, the comment will show as blocked in your blog. The readers won't see who submitted the entry or any of the content, but they will see that address xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx was blocked. On the Notes client, you will be able to review the comment and determine if you want to delete the comment or remove the block.
Check out the About document in the file in order to see what elements are new and which ones have changed (yes, I actually documented my work!)
I've forwarded this to Declan for inclusion in the next version of Blogsphere. I'm pretty happy with the first iteration of this change. If you have any questions or comments, please let me know...
IP Address Blocking