Note (2017): Due to changes in cross-origin requests, babcom is currently broken. I want to fix it, but can’t do it right now. Sorry for that.
In the last years, spam became worse and worse. The more my site grew, the more time I had to spend deleting blatant advertisements. Even captchas did not help anymore: Either they were so hard that I myself needed 3 tries on average to get through, or I got hundreds of spam messages per day. A few years ago, I caved in and disabled comments. The alternative would have been to turn my Website into a mere PR-outlet of Facebook, twitter or one of the commenting platforms out there.
» babcom: decentralized, spam-resistant comments! «
The comment-system builds on the decentral, spam-resistant social features of the Freenet Project, one of the old cypherpunk creations which started in 2000 with the goal to provide true Freedom of the Press in the Internet and has been evolving ever since. It’s an irony that nowadays spam became a vehicle to push people into censorship-enabling platforms, to use up their limited free time or to drown their words in a pile of dung, so other people cannot find them.
If you do not run Freenet now, this screenshot shows how the comment-system looks for me:
And for me this is a huge relief: I can finally get comments to my articles again without having to sell my conscience or waste most of my time deleting advertisements.
If that sounds interesting, head over to babcom and check if it suits you!
The European Copyright directive threatens online communication in Europe.
But thanks to massive shared action earlier this year, the European parliament can still prevent the problems. For each of the articles there are proposals which fix them. The parliamentarians (MEPs) just have to vote for them. And since they are under massive pressure from large media companies, that went as far as defaming those who took action as fake people, the MEPs need to hear your voice to know that your are real.
If you care about the future of the Internet in the EU, please Call your MEPs.