Mollom software partner program

One of Mollom's main goals is to give you time to focus on your site, rather than fighting spam. We also don't want you to spend time worrying about your Mollom plugin. One way we prevent that is by finding high-quality companies who focus on specific content management systems, and partnering with them to provide world-class products and services. We agree to vet the quality of the product, they agree to commit substantial resources for development, maintenance, and support, and together we deliver a seamless, trouble-free experience.

Our partnerships provide many benefits. By sharing with our partners a percentage of the revenue generated by each of their Mollom Plus subscribers, and featuring their plugins, products, or services within their respective platforms, our partners benefit. By having a stable, high-quality set of plugins available for popular systems, we benefit. Through access to these well-managed and supported products and services, you benefit.

You can check Mollom's current partners on the Mollom partners page. Other projects or vendors interested in offering Mollom to their users through our Software Partner program should contact us.

Mollom and Moovum

Benjamin and I are excited to announce Mollom's first formal software partnership with Moovum, a new company founded by a number of past and present Joomla! core developers.

In collaboration with Mollom, Moovum has developed a world-class Mollom plugin for Joomla! that they've christened Moovur. Through Moovur, Mollom is able to fight more spam, and we hope to welcome many Joomla! users to the Mollom service. Thanks to Mollom's ability to learn to combat new spam techniques based on user feedback, our existing users on other platforms also benefit as we expand our user base.

This extension replaces the previous Mollom extension for Joomla (called Jollom) which was not being maintained properly. As an official Mollom Software Partner, Moovum is committed to help maintain, update and improve Moovur to give Joomla! users the best tools to fight spam and to help moderate their site's content. Mollom and Moovum will continue to work together to test and deploy new versions of the extension and to make sure that our users get the best possible service.

Both Moovum and Moovur are described in Moovum's press release and is available in release candidate from the Moovur download page. Moovur can be downloaded for free and comes with extensive end-user documentation as well as with development documentation that enables 3rd party developers to implement Moovur and Mollom into their solution with only a few lines of code. In the upcoming weeks the Moovum team will focus on the introduction of Moovur and work with 3rd party Joomla! developers to implement Moovur into their plugins.

Other companies or CMS vendors interested in offering Mollom to their users, please contact us about Mollom's new Software Partner Program.

WP-Mollom 0.7.2 released

Matthias Vandermaesen has just released version 0.7.2 of his Mollom plugin for WordPress. The new version, features a number of under-the-hood changes, and several new features, including the ability to exempt content posted by users in certain roles from Mollom's analysis. If you have a WordPress blog, and are struggling with comment spam, why not install this plugin and give Mollom a try?

George Lucas Educational Foundation using Mollom

The George Lucas Educational Foundation is using Mollom on Edutopia.org, their main website. Here is what Geoff Butterfield, Senior Technology Producer at Edutopia.org, had to say about Mollom:

We're thrilled with how Mollom has been working for our website. In January alone, Mollom blocked close to 19,000 spam messages! Because we don't have to approve every single comment, comments are getting published right away, which has improved our community participation. I didn't realize that Mollom would actually help build our community. Amazing!

More milestones for Mollom

It's been several months since I last updated you on Mollom's success at blocking comment spam. At the time, Mollom had just blocked its ten-millionth spam attempt and I mentioned in my post that we'd been growing fast. Indeed, in the last couple of days, we've marked a few important milestones.

Mollom has now blocked over 25 million spam attempts since Benjamin and I began this adventure ten months ago. Also as of today, we're actively protecting over 5,000 websites and we finally cracked an average efficiency of 99.9%. In other words, only 10 in 10,000 spam messages make it through our filtering. Our accuracy has gone up slowly but surely, so hitting 99.9% is an important and exciting milestone for us. We're not resting on our laurels; we think we can do even better so expect to see it climb even more.

Of course, Mollom isn't the only website protection service. Defensio made big news today with the announcement that it had been acquired by security company Websense. Sending e-mail spam is getting more and more difficult to do effectively, and the traditional security companies are probably starting to observe the increase of spammers targeting websites instead of mailboxes. Websense having Defensio in its toolbox makes sense to me.

There are only a small number of services that actively work to stem the tide of website spam, and our friends at Defensio are also fighting the good fight. I'd like to congratulate them on their acquisition, and wish them the best.