Mollom as a reputation service

A while ago I wrote about spam, OpenID and Mollom. I mentioned that at Mollom we are maintaining an internal reputation for OpenID identifier that we encounter while assessing submitted content. In addition to that, we could also asses the reputation of the OpenID identify provider (IdP), which is useful in its own right.

It is still early days, but I believe that any identify system (i.e. OpenID) needs a reputation component (i.e. Mollom). I also believe that any reputation system needs to be able to establish an identity first.

Mollom's reputation system tries to predict future behavior by looking at past behavior. To do this, Mollom keeps track of past behavior, and updates the behavior as it receives more data about the user. At the same time, Mollom forgets. In other words, one must consistently behave well to maintain a good reputation.

At Mollom, we plan to open up our reputation system through an API (i.e. mollom.getReputationIdentity('')) or mollom.getReputationProvider('')), but before we do, I'd like to solicit some feedback and invite people to participate.

Nothing drives API design better than concrete use cases and experiments in the field. How would you like to consume reputation information? What format should we use so reputation information from different sources can be combined? How can your application help us build and maintain reputation profiles? What Drupal modules can take advantage of this? What Drupal modules can help build reputation? How do we prevent abuse?

I don't expect that we can answer these questions overnight, but if you want to collaborate or prototype a few ideas, let us know. Should be fun!

Nike using Drupal

Nike media beijing

Sportswear manufacturer Nike is using Drupal for their Beijing Olympics website. What is remarkable is that the content on the site is being translated to at least 13 languages (see language drop-down on screenshot). That is a testament to Drupal 6's improved internationalization features, and further proof that I'm not crazy. ;-)

If anyone is working on internationalization improvements for Drupal 7, let me know. I'm accepting patches ...

Proof that community is important

.NET library for Mollom

Friend of the family, Jelle Druyts wrote a Microsoft .NET library for Mollom. Jelle and I went to the same high school. I've kept up with Jelle over the years and consider him to be on the forefront of everything Microsoft. I've never had the opportunity to work closely with Jelle until more recently, when Jelle offered to contribute a .NET library for Mollom. Jelle's thinking and diligence wowed me -- and best of all, he is still the warm and fun human being that he was in high school. Check out Jelle's announcement for more details. Thanks, Jelle!

FedEx using Drupal

FedEx is using Drupal for their news website. Not bad because FedEx is ranked in the top 100 of the Fortune 500. (Hat tip: Jeff Whatcott)


Dries Buytaert is the original creator and project lead of Drupal and the co-founder and CTO of Acquia. He writes about Drupal, startups, business, photography and building the world we want to exist in.

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