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New: Word and Link Filters

We are changing the existing Profanity Filters feature to become the new Word Filters feature. This change will allow you to define words that will initiate a moderator review before content is posted. With creative use of this new feature you can actually have the Suite self-moderate certain posts.

Right now the Profanity Filters are pretty basic. If you enter "stopword" you can have it change to *****. That's fine for basic profanity but sometimes you want to do other actions with a word. Perhaps someone might mention a competitor, you see common spam words, or you run a site targeted to children and want fine control over what is posted. There are a lot of reasons a simple replace word with *** might not be what you want.

Word Filters introduce an option to let you say "stopword" places a post in moderation queue.

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Word Filters

So now you can define a list of words that are not necessarily profanity but are words you want to review if they are posted.

We have also extended this logic to the URL Filters which are now just called Links in the AdminCP configuration. You can now disallow all links and have a post go to approval if someone does post a link. This is also useful for sites where you need really tight control on content either for security or privacy reasons.

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Link Options

With the new Links feature you can also set allow/disallow list of allows links and if someone posts a link outside those lists (depending on your mode) the post will go into review.

We hope these features allow you to introduce a bit of automatic moderation to your community and you can come up with creative ways to capture posts that need review either for security, privacy, or just keeping things in order.

 

 This change will be in version 4.1.17 which is scheduled to be released in early December 2016.


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22 minutes ago, AtariAge said:

What are the black boxes with the magnifying glass and number in these screenshots? 

This is a developer aid to set live search keywords. They are not shown when not using developer mode.

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could this not be extended to provide a diy non-commercial  version of vigilink ?

automatic keyword replacement by a link or whatever

 

just needs the keyword replacement extended so it can replace a 'stopword' with say a link

should be very easy to do yep?

 

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36 minutes ago, sound said:

could this not be extended to provide a diy non-commercial  version of vigilink ?

automatic keyword replacement by a link or whatever

 

just needs the keyword replacement extended so it can replace a 'stopword' with say a link

should be very easy to do yep?

 

I think a better solution for what you're trying to accomplish is Keyword Tooltips by @CodingJungle.  This is limited to replacing keywords with **** or placing into moderation; IPS didn't build in functionality to highlight or replace keywords.  

 

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Just now, Joel R said:

I think a better solution for what you're trying to accomplish is Keyword Tooltips by @CodingJungle.  This is limited to replacing keywords with **** or placing into moderation; IPS didn't build in functionality to highlight or replace keywords.  

 

is there really a major difference between

replacing a stopword with ****
or
replacing a stopword with  <a href="http://dot.com">****</a>

???

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The ability to force posts directly into moderation is an excellent addition!!  I have a question -- if a post goes straight into moderation due to a match on the filter, is the user notified of this?  

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1 hour ago, AtariAge said:

The ability to force posts directly into moderation is an excellent addition!!  I have a question -- if a post goes straight into moderation do to a match on the filter, is the user notified of this?  

Yes - a message is shown to the user that their post will require moderator approval, and then notifications sent to moderators as well (if they have configured their notifications to do so - same as if a user is on the mod queue).

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Do you think it might be a good idea to add an option to state that a post has been moderator-approved?  I mean, if my students are discussing the history of slavery and its discourses, one can't really do that without using the word "nigger."  To avoid the kneejerk backlash terms like this can provoke, maybe adding "this post has been moderated and approved" or "this post has been moderator approved" could save some misunderstanding?

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