User-generated content is a very powerful tool for building up the strength of your site for monetization. But unfiltered content from your users can also lead to your website’s undoing. If left unattended, things can easily go haywire. As such, be careful not to underestimate the importance of installing good systems to moderate comments and other forms of user-generated content.
Here are some of our highly recommended plugins for sites built-in with popular frameworks such as WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, and Drupal.
Sometimes, the best way to monitor comments is by using what you have. For example, WordPress’ built-in threaded commenting system, when partnered with Akismet spam detector, can already weed out the unpleasant things coming through comments. Here, you might need to configure or tweak a little in the settings to specifically remove comments containing adult or offensive terms or spam-like comments (for example, lots of question marks and other nonsensical strings of characters generated by bots).
A lot of website publishers now use Facebook’s comment system because of the convenience of weaving it with existing social media management traction. Facebook provides a good documentation on how to moderate comments at the app and page level. The only caveat to this is that there is a minimal amount of coding required. If you want a more dressed-down version, Code it Down’s tutorial is much easier to follow.
One of the more robust means of moderating user-generated content is by using Disqus as a platform and taking advantage of the very user-friendly moderation panel. It really ensures that no stone is unturned when it comes to comments and only registered users can make comments, almost immediately ruling out spambots. It also puts your content into proper topical baskets that engage more people to actively pitch in or express their opinions.
Similar to Disqus, Intense Debate is an equally viable option. WordPress users can readily make use of Intense Debate with the Intense Debate for WordPress plugin which embeds both management of user-generated content and even SEO.
Some quasi-plugins or beta-tested projects are already good enough for use. An example of this is the Livefyre Comments project for Drupal users. This is not yet a whole module but is undergoing development. Some caution is required when using this but if you are not modifying too much with your Drupal version, this should work just fine in weeding out unpleasant user-generated content.
Ultimately, programming wizards can go the hard route and hard code their comment management system. This will take some development hours but it can provide the utmost flexibility, compatibility, and stability for your website.
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