Monthly Archives: February 2008

Pass Quiz to Comment

Last Sunday my blog sent me a handful of comments to moderate. Normally I don’t mind because even on a bad day Akismet catches nearly every spam comment and I can deal with the rest in less time than it takes to bring my blood to a boil. But when I have to deal with comments from people who have not read the article, whether they are spammers or trolls or some other form of internet asshole, it’s a whole other heating element.

The solution is Quiz, a WordPress plugin that I wrote while enjoying a pot of coffee on Sunday. With Quiz installed, comments don’t even come to moderation unless the commentator has correctly answered a question in the comment form.

Authors can write a new question for each blog article just by typing a shortcode into the article, like this:

[quiz What is your quest? to seek the holy grail]

This secret shortcode will never be shown to visitors. (It is safely stored in postmeta.) If you publish without a quiz shortcode, your article will use the default question which you can specify by editing the plugin. There is also a shortcode to override the default: [noquiz]

Quiz is free. It could be made easier to use. If you are interested in improving it, email me for SVN access.

School shooting conspiracy theory

School shootings (Again) offer no explanations.

Gun control lovers fill their tanks on this stuff (State lawmakers push, pull on gun control following NIU shootings).

This time, investigators find a link (Gunman, Virginia Tech shooter used same Web dealer) suggesting that the shootings might have had a third party in common.

Besides well-meaning but misguided Americans, who would like to succeed in disarming the American populace? A foreign enemy, that’s who.

This is a perfect opportunity for the JTTFs to stop training layabouts to act like terrorists (Myths of Domestic Terror) and find the real foreign agents sowing violence in our midst.

Reality check: I have no more evidence than the articles linked above. Nevertheless, weaker leads have sparked investigations. If our enemies are plotting to weaken our domestic defenses by fueling (and, who knows, possibly staffing) the gun control lobby, they are very wise indeed. I stand behind an “individual rights” interpretation of the Second Amendment.