wet_commentmagic: Transmogrify Textpattern commenters into polite Textile experts

2. Juli 2007

wet_commentmagic is a plugin for Textpattern which transmogrifies people challenged by Textile’s URL syntax into full-scale linkerati. (Definition of “Linkerati”: People exhibiting the need to show related items in blog posts or comments by pointing to a web page).

Uninitiated commenters tend to enter plain text web addresses into comments, thus evoking piles of cumbersome rework demand onto the site owner to make those addresses into clickable URLs.

wet_commentmagic reestablishes an even balance in communication expenditure. It scans the comment message during the preview phase and emits a proper Textile link for every encounter of a text fragment which resembles a web address or FTP link. In passing, it also tries to detect foul language, and inserts appropriate substitutes for every impolite or offending phrase encountered. Admittedly, this capability relies less on magic, but rather on a list of FLW provided by a companion plugin (wet_foullanguage, yet to be released).


Install. Enable. Enjoy. No changes to your site required.


Get it here: wet_commentmagic.txt.

Resources and Relateds

Express your suggestions, report bugs and discuss enhancements in this thread in the Textpattern forum.


This plugin was inspired by Matthias Schlecker’s threat to pay me for its creation (which I repelled), and Sencer’s How-To on spam protection plugins for Textpattern.

Change log

Date Version Notes
2007-07-02 0.5 Initial public release