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By Sinsemihl , Section Code []
Posted on Sun Sep 19, 2004 at 12:00:00 PM PST
We are currently setting up a new Scoop site (looove that piece of software!) that acts as a 'shadow site' to an existing one, a place where (trusted) users can vent steam, rant and have fun without really hurting anyone. Still, I don't want anything offensive to leak into the realm of those that are not logged in, if only for legal reasons, and I pretty much know how I want it be done. Here, I am asking experienced folks for a hint on the best implementation of a way to hide arbitrary parts of posts at the author's discretion.

The idea is relatively simple: Authors can use a tag (<censor>) or simply straight brackets ('[]') to mark those portions of text that should only be visible to those users that are logged in and trusted members. The rest, including anonymous guests, just sees a number of blackbackgrounded nbsps instead. (BTW: The normal voting mechanism will be still in place to weed out the _truly_ offensive stuff.) So, what I want is to introduce a line of perl code into Scoop, which parses for our 'black-bar' tag, checks for the status of the user requesting the page and either wiping the enclosed text (for anonymous and non-trusted users) or coloring it (for trusted users). This should apply to stories, comments and if possible headlines and even user-names. What would be the right, the cleanest and most elegant place to add this alteration? Thank you very much for your help and comments!
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I don't know... (none / 0) (#1)
by janra on Tue Sep 21, 2004 at 07:13:14 AM PST

Scoop has never really been one of those programs that introduces its own custom tags, and I'm not a fan of that idea in the first place.

If you want a place to vent, you could make a hidden section - using section permissions, set an entire section aside and have Scoop either pretend it doesn't exist (Hide) or admit that it exists but refuse to allow access (Deny) to anonymous and/or non-trusted user groups.

HuSi does this with a section it calls "The Hole" and it seems to work quite well.

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Why not do it the easy way? (none / 0) (#8)
by ccm84 on Tue Oct 12, 2004 at 01:03:30 AM PST

If it is going to be on the same server, you could to it easily and dynamicly. Basicly you just put up another scoop host. All you have to do is edit their template output function so that it screens all text and does a simple search and replace. If you are wanting to use perl, I am going to beg you not to use =~ s/swear/length(swear)/gi :-) The biggest benefit of doing that is that it will automatically do it, without having to rely on someone to use your special tags, also it would allow you choose what words are bad. Some people would say it would be slower, but it would actually be quite a bit quicker than doing something with tags in it. Feel free and email me about it, also check out the CMS I have been working on for a while. It started with Mambo, but it is no where near it anymore.

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Thanks a lot Sinsemihl for sharing term paper service at scoop. Glad you shared about censorship feature for authors. I am looking forward to your introduction to a line of perl code into Scoop. Thank you.

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