Posted Jul 29, 2010 9:34 UTC (Thu) by ortalo (subscriber, #4654)
Parent article: On comment spam
First, note I second the preceeding post starting by "Know the enemy". Sounded sensible and pragmatic to me.
Maybe I am opening a can of worms, but I am tempted to suggest you too to explore also the other side: "Know your allies".
Currently, opening an account on LWN is pretty anonymous. This is nice too and some level of anonymity between readers is certainly desirable. However, maybe a stronger and better identification of the owner of an account could be set up. Honestly, I would not mind giving you more personal information about myself if it can help you spot abuses and build a more trusted environment .
Technically, note that I have always been admirative of PGP-like decentralized webs of trust (via cross peer to peer key signing/certification) and, well, reluctant to X.509-like hierarchical certification organizations (which probably only work for organizations which can afford the administrative burden and the associated workforce, like a public service).
Both from the technical point of view and from the users side, it comes to me now that I may just be suggesting to extend LWN in the direction of a *secure* social networking site. For blocking spam comments.
I wonder if it may be interesting on its own too ;-) or if I am simply dreaming too much...
Anyway, just my 0.02
 As a side note, this is absolutely the first time I tell that to a web-based business. And maybe this is due to the fact that, historically, this site is also the first web-based business I trusted enough to pay for online (well, not exacly true: first payment was more like clearing an old debt). And probably also because it is certainly the only one that *never* asked me to provide personal information even if I used it regularly for more than a decade.