better_spam_protect 1.4

better_spam_protect script is a plug-in for the Movable Type weblogging system.
better_spam_protect script is a plug-in for the Movable Type weblogging system.

Movable Type weblog entry and comment authors often link their name to their their email address. Movable Type has a spam_protect feature to protect these addresses against harvesting by spam spiders. This feature, unfortunately, is not effective.

This plug-in upgrades the spam protection. Email addresses no longer appear as HTML text, but instead are produced by Javascript, thus making them less prone to harvesting. Users without Javascript (and—hopefully—spam harvesters) will see the name, but not the email address.

The plug-in is easy to install. Simply copy the better_spam_protect.pl file to the plugins subdirectory. The improved spam protection is activated as soon as that file is in place. A full site rebuild should be performed to apply the upgraded spam protection to older entries.

Here are some key features of "better_spam_protect":

The primary function is to upgrade the < $MTEntryAuthorLink$ >, < $MTCommentAuthorLink$ >, and < $MTCommentPreviewAuthorLink$ > template tags to provide stronger anti-spam protections on email addresses.
Email address spam protection becomes the default on these tags. Use spam_protect="0" to disable spam protection. (Without the plug-in, spam_protect="1" is required to enable spam protection.)
The semantics of < $MTEntryAuthorLink$ > change slightly. If the author has defined a nickname in their profile it is displayed here. Otherwise their username is displayed. (Without the plugin, nickname is ignored and username always is displayed.)
A new template tag < $MTEmailLink [name="..."] address="..." $ > is created. This tag inserts a spam-protected mailto: link into the document. The address= parameter is required; it specifies an email address. The name= parameter is optional. It specifies the text of the hyperlink. If omitted, the email address is used.
The following template tags are not changed by this plug-in: < $MTEntryAuthorEmail$ >, < $MTCommentEmail$ >, and < $MTCommentPreviewEmail$ >. The addresses produced by these tags remain vulnerable to harvesting. You could, however, use the new < $MTEmailLink$ > template tag to protect them.

What's New in This Release:

Fixed problem where the "spam_protect" setting was not defaulting correctly for the newly created tags.

last updated on:
November 20th, 2006, 17:52 GMT
price:
FREE!
developed by:
Chip Rosenthal
homepage:
www.unicom.com
license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
category:
ROOT \ Internet \ HTTP (WWW)

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