Comments, Registration, and Passwords

One thing I want to do with this site is allow visitor feedback. This will be particularly important as I add apps to iTunes’ App Store or Mac App Store. I will most likely create Facebook pages for such apps as well. Of course I also want to avoid comment spam and such. So I adopted a policy.

I’ve installed the “Ultimate Member” plug-in for dealing with comments and require registration. The idea is to provide a speed bump for spammers to get over. I would like it to do automatic registration also. But for now, manual approval will probably work fine.

What this plug-in does is make this a quasi-social site. Mind you, that doesn’t mean a whole lot with the present state of things. I need apps and people commenting on my posts. In the meantime, I have a bit of a kvetch about the password requirements. Suffice it to say, I think usernames and passwords should be simple and unique to this site.

The online comic, XKCD, expresses quite eloquently why this would be preferable to the system forced by “Ultimate Member” (until someone changes it).

XKCD on password strength.

http://xkcd.com/936/
Password Strength

 

XKCD on password reuse.

http://xkcd.com/792/
Password Reuse

I think that pretty much says it all.

BTW, I’m not collecting e-mail addresses for a spam list. I will have to make a privacy / policy page at some point.