[uf-discuss] Microformats for Write APIs

John Panzer jpanzer at acm.org
Tue Feb 19 09:25:25 PST 2008

Thom Shannon wrote:
>>> Standardisation might be interesting here as well. For instance back
>>> to blog comments. Comments from within aggregators would likely be
>>> simpler where comment form definitions can be established
>>> programmatically.
>> The problem is that comment spammers would love that too!
> You could always add some standards for including captchas (both 
> visual and auditory) and also include form auth tokens (used to stop 
> cross site posting attacks) which would be tricky to implement 
> considering the way this functionality would be used. There's OpenID 
> to consider too.
Keeping comments from fragmenting is a worthwhile goal.

Large hosted blog site already have this problem of being targets for 
comment spammers, and use the countermeasures above as well as others, 
so perhaps they'd be interested in standardizing this.  OAuth could help 
with cross site posting, though it would require a trip through the 
target site's UI. 

(Disclosure:  I work on Blogger.)


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