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Preventing duplicates from being posted

posted by Krow on 03:21 PM April 10th, 2003   Printer-friendly   Email story
I'm getting sick of seeing duplicate posts all the time on Slashdot. I have a feature-request/enhancement that I would like to request for slashcode.

It would be nice if before a moderator submits a story to check all of the URLS in that post and match it with the previous weeks/months stories for the same URL. If there is a match, throw up a warning saying that this story is a possible duplicate. This will help the moderator out too, since they wouldn't have to read every story on slashdot in the past two weeks.

What do you think? Is this doable?
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  • But thats half the joy of slashdot.org!

    It's a good idea, perhaps Krow or someone can do a search on the URL when Preview is hit to see if there is a story that has that URL in it.

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  • Last time I checked out the Slash CVS, there was a "Similar Stories" feature on the story editor backslash page. In addition to URL matching, it appears to also check for similar patterns in words, titles, etc.

    Although, for a site as busy as Slashdot, I can imagine how that box can fill up quickly. With all the stories they post, there's got to be a good deal of "non-duplicate" similarity. Personally, I would love to have that problem ;)

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