Moderation by Captcha Primer Tutorial

Moderation by Captcha Primer Tutorial

Moderation by Captcha Primer Tutorial

In our “onions of the 4th dimension” world we have an onion layer of thought today regarding “moderation”.

Let me just quietly ask? Are you a robot? Mr Turing posed this very fundamental question some time back. But the fact is, a lot of visitors to just about everybody’s website are robots (shock! … horror!), else how else would Search Engines get updated information, but to “crawl” your website (as I say this, forgot to say how blogs like WordPress ping Search Engines), man person.

And just to get in (really) early (with the way modern technology is shaping) … “Not that there’s anything wrong with being a robot” (if only Seinfeld had watched Humans … Jerry?! George?!).

So let’s talk about CAPTCHA, which we have not capitalized in the blog title, because we hate shouting too much here. It is a way to try to verify the web application is dealing with a real human being, as we intimated above. As such, you may want to consider it a replacement for “moderation”, but this is not advisable, because, alas, not all the nasty stuff on the net can be attributed to robots … far from it. But it is a good idea up to a point. My personal objection to its use revolves around the disturbance of usage for some disabled users, though am sure there are really sophisticated CAPTCHA plugins for all the scenarios out there.

Today’s work places a CAPTCHA layer on top of all four previously talked about modes of “moderation”, as per …

  • no moderation … even this needs a server side language, in our eyes, because you will be changing a server side webpage for all users
  • email (or sms or voicemail or any direct communication method) moderation … ask for an admin user of the website to change things after having emailed them … this is the one we showed three days back … and please feel free to try your own entries
  • moderate via a (web server) database with posting statuses such as “Awaiting Moderation”, “Published”, “To Be Deleted” … this is the one we showed yesterday … and, yet again, please feel free to try your own entries
  • moderate via a system of (web server) files with posting statuses such as “Awaiting Moderation”, “Published”, “To Be Deleted” … this is the one we showed two days back … and, again, please feel free to try your own entries
  • only moderate to either of the four above after having gone through a CAPTCHA test that the user is not a robot … this is the one we show today

To get the PHP CAPTCHA functionality going we thank this very useful link from “The Art of Web” website. Its precise and clever advice creates the imagery required to present a CAPTCHA image to the user that contains five digits for the user to enter to verify to the web application that they are human. The web application CAPTCHA logic is applied to all the method=POST forms used (and a new form was encased around the “private moderation” (ie. no moderation) case) via the HTML form’s …

... onsubmit="return checkForm(this);" ...

… validation method.

So, for the last time, today, we pose the idea that the “Things That We Have in Common” far outweigh the things that divide us, and present some ideas here. We offer, and encourage you to email us your ideas on the topic or use the file moderation method, and we’ll moderate them within 24 hours. With today’s file moderation method you are given the opportunity to login and “moderate” your own work but as you will recall from yesterday with …

CAPTCHA does not affect user roles going forward. In all these scenarios we present, where we don’t ask anything of you (ie. no registration), except an email address, presumably, you can be thought of as a …

  • “guest” user … though in strict terms the word “guest” usually implies that there is a user registration involved … which we do not do here today … but to read a bit about this you could read PHP Membership Website Primer Tutorial … as distinct from …
  • the emailee of the “guest” user will be an “admin” user … one who can offer the means to moderate the uploaded data, and, as approved, write that data to a place where it will be picked up and included in the contents of the webpage(s) involved … hence the term “Content Management System”

… you, as a “guest” user will not succeed with this “admin” user login to “moderate”, but the mechanism is there for real “admin” users, as is a “get” parameter method like our “?admin=y” idea, with most blogs and CMS websites.

Here is the downloadable PHP code you could call moderation_captcha.php with its live run and changed from yesterday’s work this way.

Here is the login PHP code for the admin section you could call login.php with its admin user useful live run, unchanged from yesterday.

Here is the PHP code login(.php) uses to connect to the MySql database you could call db_connect.php unchanged from yesterday.

Here is the member PHP code that follows the login(.php) page you could call member.php that handles, so far, the “business logic” for file moderation as of yesterday and the admin user follow up to reading the email and approving the email moderation, of two days back, as well as today’s extended MySql database functionality, is not needing to change from yesterday’s work regarding CAPTCHA.


Previous relevant Moderation by MySql Database Primer Tutorial is shown below.

Moderation by MySql Database Primer Tutorial

Moderation by MySql Database Primer Tutorial

Today’s the day we tackle some database “moderation” ideas. You will recall from yesterday’s Moderation by File Primer Tutorial as shown below, that “moderation” is associated with blogs and Content Management Systems and social media as a means by which uploaded content can be vetted, or not, during a “moderation phase” for a posting of some sort.

This can involve, in our eyes, quite a few options, none of which would not involve a server-side solution of some sort …

  • no moderation … even this needs a server side language, in our eyes, because you will be changing a server side webpage for all users
  • email (or sms or voicemail or any direct communication method) moderation … ask for an admin user of the website to change things after having emailed them … this is the one we showed two days back … and please feel free to try your own entries
  • moderate via a (web server) database with posting statuses such as “Awaiting Moderation”, “Published”, “To Be Deleted” … this is the one we show today … and, yet again, please feel free to try your own entries
  • moderate via a system of (web server) files with posting statuses such as “Awaiting Moderation”, “Published”, “To Be Deleted” … this is the one we showed yesterday … and, again, please feel free to try your own entries
  • only moderate to either of the four above after having gone through a CAPTCHA test that the user is not a robot

So today we are still here posing the idea that the “Things That We Have in Common” far outweigh the things that divide us, and present some ideas here. We offer, and encourage you to email us your ideas on the topic or use the file moderation method, and we’ll moderate them within 24 hours. With today’s file moderation method you are given the opportunity to login and “moderate” your own work but as you will recall from yesterday with …

The major lesson today, for us, is to show you the brilliance of phpMyAdmin as the administrator back-end to a MySql database. Some of the great features of phpMyAdmin we used to get to this point are …

  • phpMyAdmin’s great ability to export (to SQL, most usefully) the structure, in terms of “CREATE TABLE” type SQL and/or data of existant database tables as a useful way to help design your own new database tables
  • phpMyAdmin’s ease of use of the usual DML SQL functionality
  • phpMyAdmin’s ease of use of the usual DDL SQL functionality for the creation of users and the granting or denial of user priviledges, and drop and truncate functionalities

We still have the two basic web user roles going today. In this scenario, where we don’t ask anything of you (ie. no registration), except an email address, presumably, you can be thought of as a …

  • “guest” user … though in strict terms the word “guest” usually implies that there is a user registration involved … which we do not do here today … but to read a bit about this you could read PHP Membership Website Primer Tutorial … as distinct from …
  • the emailee of the “guest” user will be an “admin” user … one who can offer the means to moderate the uploaded data, and, as approved, write that data to a place where it will be picked up and included in the contents of the webpage(s) involved … hence the term “Content Management System”

… you, as a “guest” user will not succeed with this “admin” user login to “moderate”, but the mechanism is there for real “admin” users, as is a “get” parameter method like our “?admin=y” idea, with most blogs and CMS websites.

You will recall yesterday that ideas from PHP Membership Website Primer Tutorial came into play with the use of web server files and today its functionality is even more important with some MySql database work to follow up on phpMyAdmin database setup preparation. It screens “admin” users from the rest, ensuring you can write your fully functional database PHP free in the knowledge that the user is logged in as an “admin” user.

Here is the downloadable PHP code you could call moderation.php with its live run and changed from yesterday’s work this way.

Here is the login PHP code for the admin section you could call login.php with its admin user useful live run, unchanged from yesterday.

Here is the PHP code login(.php) uses to connect to the MySql database you could call db_connect.php unchanged from yesterday.

Here is the member PHP code that follows the login(.php) page you could call member.php that handles, so far, the “business logic” for file moderation as of yesterday and the admin user follow up to reading the email and approving the email moderation, of two days back, as well as today’s extended MySql database functionality, is changed from yesterday’s work this way.


Previous relevant Moderation by File Primer Tutorial is shown below.

Moderation by File Primer Tutorial

Moderation by File Primer Tutorial

We continue on with “moderation” ideas today, as with WordPress 4.1.1’s Moderation by File Primer Tutorial. You will recall from yesterday’s Moderation by Email Primer Tutorial as shown below, that “moderation” is associated with blogs and Content Management Systems and social media as a means by which uploaded content can be vetted, or not, during a “moderation phase” for a posting of some sort.

This can involve, in our eyes, quite a few options, none of which would not involve a server-side solution of some sort …

  • no moderation … even this needs a server side language, in our eyes, because you will be changing a server side webpage for all users
  • email (or sms or voicemail or any direct communication method) moderation … ask for an admin user of the website to change things after having emailed them … this is the one we showed yesterday … and please feel free to try your own entries
  • moderate via a (web server) database with posting statuses such as “Awaiting Moderation”, “Published”, “To Be Deleted”
  • moderate via a system of (web server) files with posting statuses such as “Awaiting Moderation”, “Published”, “To Be Deleted” … this is the one we show today … and, again, please feel free to try your own entries
  • only moderate to either of the four above after having gone through a CAPTCHA test that the user is not a robot

So today we continue to pose the idea that the “Things That We Have in Common” far outweigh the things that divide us, and present some ideas here. We offer, and encourage you to email us your ideas on the topic or use the file moderation method, and we’ll moderate them within 24 hours. With today’s file moderation method you are given the opportunity to login and “moderate” your own work but as you will recall from yesterday with …

This brings up the topic of web user roles. In this scenario, where we don’t ask anything of you, except an email address, presumably, you can be thought of as a …

  • “guest” user … though in strict terms the word “guest” usually implies that there is a user registration involved … which we do not do here today … but to read a bit about this you could read PHP Membership Website Primer Tutorial … as distinct from …
  • the emailee of the “guest” user will be an “admin” user … one who can offer the means to moderate the uploaded data, and, as approved, write that data to a place where it will be picked up and included in the contents of the webpage(s) involved … hence the term “Content Management System”

… you, as a “guest” user will not succeed with this “admin” user login to “moderate”, but the mechanism is there for real “admin” users, as is a “get” parameter method like our “?admin=y” idea, with most blogs and CMS websites.

The reason we didn’t need these PHP Membership Website Primer Tutorial ideas yesterday was that no web server files had to be written at that stage, but today they do, and we can’t let any “guest” user do it, so we find that MySql database work via the wonderful and enormously stupendous phpMyAdmin comes into play, and we’ll talk more about this tomorrow, when databases are used for all aspects of our final “moderation” via database discussion.

Here is the downloadable PHP code you could call moderation.php with its live run and changed from yesterday’s work this way.

Here is the login PHP code for the admin section you could call login.php with its admin user useful live run.

Here is the PHP code login(.php) uses to connect to the MySql database you could call db_connect.php

Here is the member PHP code that follows the login(.php) page you could call member.php that handles, so far, the “business logic” for file moderation and the admin user follow up to reading the email and approving the email moderation, of yesterday.


Previous relevant Moderation by Email Primer Tutorial is shown below.

Moderation by Email Primer Tutorial

Moderation by Email Primer Tutorial

The term “moderation” is associated with blogs and Content Management Systems and social media as a means by which uploaded content can be vetted, or not, during a “moderation phase” for a posting of some sort.

This can involve, in our eyes, quite a few options, none of which would not involve a server-side solution of some sort. We’ll think on this further (maybe Ajax?!), but some of the ideas for moderation would be …

  • no moderation … even this needs a server side language, in our eyes, because you will be changing a server side webpage for all users
  • email (or sms or voicemail or any direct communication method) moderation … ask for an admin user of the website to change things after having emailed them … this is the one we show today … and please feel free to try your own entries
  • moderate via a (web server) database with posting statuses such as “Awaiting Moderation”, “Published”, “To Be Deleted”
  • moderate via a system of (web server) files with posting statuses such as “Awaiting Moderation”, “Published”, “To Be Deleted”
  • only moderate to either of the four above after having gone through a CAPTCHA test that the user is not a robot

So today we pose the idea that the “Things That We Have in Common” far outweigh the things that divide us, and present some ideas here. We offer, and encourage you to email us your ideas on the topic, and we’ll moderate them within 24 hours. The mechanism, today, is via you, the user, sending us here, at RJM Programming, an email.

This brings up the topic of web user roles. In this scenario, where we don’t ask anything of you, except an email address, presumably, you can be thought of as a …

  • “guest” user … though in strict terms the word “guest” usually implies that there is a user registration involved … which we do not do here today … but to read a bit about this you could read PHP Membership Website Primer Tutorial … as distinct from …
  • the emailee of the “guest” user will be an “admin” user … one who can offer the means to moderate the uploaded data, and, as approved, write that data to a place where it will be picked up and included in the contents of the webpage(s) involved … hence the term “Content Management System”

… and so, in the scenario of “no moderation” “guest” users circumvent the moderation part of the “admin” user role and, in some automated (programming) way, with a language like PHP and a database like MySql, be able to get their uploaded content straight onto the webpage(s) of interest. So, sometimes you see “no moderation” but a CAPTCHA (robot) check, as the scenario of use.

Of interest, too, is the nature of the uploaded data. Is it “just text” or “can it contain images” or “can it contain videos” etcetera. Today, we are just allowing text.

Here is the downloadable PHP code you could call moderation.php with its live run.

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