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I'm not sure if it because a few of my users are just abusing the system to get a few extra points (which they need to be able to download) or if it's because they find the comment section confusing but, at least 3 or 4 times a week, a user will click the 'Add Comment' button (which I've now renamed 'Post Comment') without actually adding a comment. Nett result is that their comment is the default text that appears in the comment box before they click it.

I've edited the default comment text adding an additional line to say 'Click here to add your comment' but that hasn't helped much.

Would it be possible to not accept the comment if the user hasn't entered something?

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Hi,

It should already be the case that JavaScript blocks submission of that form if it is left empty.

Plus you talked about receipt of points which suggests members are doing, so this does not suggest bots.

I don't know if JS validation is broken on your site somehow then.

However, in the next version we can add a server-side check too, to make sure it's not the default value.


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Hi Chris,

Thanks for responding as always.

Chris Graham said

It should already be the case that JavaScript blocks submission of that form if it is left empty.
To the extent that I get the message:

Please check back over the form - you did not fill in all fields on the form correctly

… if the comment box is empty, then the javascript is working.

If, on the other hand, you go stright to the 'Add Comment' button without first clicking inside the comment box (to remove the 'advice') then the post is accepted.

Chris Graham said

Plus you talked about receipt of points which suggests members are doing, so this does not suggest bots.

I agree as the so called comments are attached to real users. You cannot post on my site unless you are a registered user.

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TQ said

I'm not sure if it because a few of my users are just abusing the system to get a few extra points (which they need to be able to download) or if it's because they find the comment section confusing but, at least 3 or 4 times a week, a user will click the 'Add Comment' button (which I've now renamed 'Post Comment') without actually adding a comment. Nett result is that their comment is the default text that appears in the comment box before they click it.

I've edited the default comment text adding an additional line to say 'Click here to add your comment' but that hasn't helped much.

Would it be possible to not accept the comment if the user hasn't entered something?

TQ
This issue has been filed on the tracker as issue #1925, with a fix.


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