I created a PHP script that enables visitors to a webpage to make comments. Then, I decided to give away the beta version of the script for free. Here's the story behind both of those decisions, and a download link.
About a month ago I thought it might be nice to give visitors to my website a way to make comments. But when I looked on the internet for free website visitor comment software, I couldn't find anything that didn't have strings attached. Basically, all suppliers of visitor comment scripts wanted to control the data supplied by visitors. Specifically, that meant visitors' email addresses would have to be collected and transmitted to the supplier. Also, the available visitor comment software almost always required that a database program be run on my webserver.
I had several reactions to these requirements. First, I don't like being spyied on when I'm on the internet, so I don't want to help third parties spy on visitors to my website. Second, I don't need or want to force people to fork over their email addresses just to leave a comment. And, last, whenever I hear the words "database software", I groan. People act like there is some magical fairy dust in database software that makes it work. The fact is that database code is increadibly easy to write and use. So, why would I want to tie up my webserver's CPU running some slow, bulky database software?
After a thorough search, I came to the conclusion that I needed to
write my own script for handling visitor comments. So, I did, and
the result is the somewhat derogatory-sounding "BabbleWeb" program.
BabbleWeb has the following features:
BabbleWeb works so well and is so conceptually easy to use that I decided to make the beta version free for anyone who wants to download it. Remember, this is a beta version, so it comes with no garantees. And, please abide by the copywrite restrictions in the "readme.txt" file--basically don't modify or sell BabbleWeb. You can download Babbleweb by clicking the "download" button below. If you use Babbleweb, let me know how you like it.
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