Conditions of Use
OK, so here's how it works now. When someone wants to post a comment on a blogmeister article, they are asked to enter a classroom password as well as their name, e-mail address, and the comment. You can set your classroom password from the class panel (login to your edit mode and click "class panel"). If you have not already set a class password, it is temporarily set to "bozo". Yeah! that's right. You gotta problem with clowns?
Humph! Long day. I'm getting kinda edgy. If the writer posts a comment and correctly types the class password, then the comment will automatically be posted to the article. The comment will not be added to the article.
If the writer incorrectly enters the class password, then they will be asked to try again. If the writer omits the password altogether, then it will reside in limbo and you will be notified by e-mail that it has been posted. You can either approve or delete the comment from the e-mail.
I'm sure that this isn't perfect, and that I'll be tweaking it further. But this should give us both a little bit of rest.
I have now given all of the classrooms a password of "bozo". In the next hour or so, A major change will happen with Blogmeister. Anyone currenly writing a blog, may experience a mild electrical shock.
At the point that it changes, anyone posting a comment will be asked to enter the class passcode. All comments will then be automatically added to the message so that neither I, nor the teacher, will have to approve the comments.
This is a fairly major change to the way that Blogmeister works. Comments will be automatic, but they can only be posted by people who have the classcode. This might include:
- Other classrooms,
- People who have been invited to read the blogs and comment
The teacher can change the passcode at any time by going into their class panel. Please let me know if another configuration occurs to you that might be more useful.
I will be spending much of the day working on Blogmeister. This Spamming thing is a real bear. Right now all of the comments are coming through my mail box, so that I can screen them. Just took care of about 40, and they're still coming in. This won't work.
Anyway, I got another very good suggestions from a BlogMeister teacher about changing student passwords -- problem is, you can't. Da!
Well you can now. When you go into the class panel and select a student (click the arrow by the student's name) the password appears in a textbox. Just change the password and then click the fix button.
Article posted February 10, 2005 at 10:10 AM •
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