Jeff Croft

I’m a product designer in Seattle, WA. I recently worked at Simply Measured, and previously co-founded Lendle.

Some of my past clients include Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, and the University of Washington.

I’ve authored two books on web and interactive design and spoken at dozens of conferences around the world.

I’m currently accepting contract work and considering full-time opportunities.

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  • Blog entry // 01.31.2012 // 9:11 AM // 15 Comments

    How I shut down comment spam on this site

    In the past, I’ve only allowed comments on recent blog posts, not older ones. Because I didn’t blog for the longest time, I had no recent blogs posts, which meant I got no comments (or comment spam). When I re-launched recently and started writing again, I actually started getting comments again (thanks, guys!). Of course, I also started getting comment spam again. Like, a ton of it. On average, I was getting about 10 comment spam posts per hour.

    Frustrated, I went to my standby from the good ‘ol days, Akismet. I quickly found that it wasn’t working for me. It was letting through most of the spam and also preventing a lot of ham from being posted. After a tweet on the matter, Mike Davidson pointed me down a path that has worked beautifully for two weeks now — not a single comment spam post.

  • Blog entry // 09.20.2006 // 12:23 AM // 57 Comments

    On personal content management

    Working in the online news media industry, I got into a lot of conversations about content management. Turns out it’s a tricky problem to solve. There are a lot of factors involved, and they start as simple as trying to define what exactly content management is.

    Seems to me when most people think of a content management system for the web, they think of data entry. Web forms that let one enter data, which will eventually be displayed on a web page — right? Right. But really, content management should be about more than that. The process of managing your content ought to include structuring, organizing, searching on, filtering, and easily modifying your content. It ought to include being able to quickly define new types of content. It ought to facilitate establishing meaningful relationships between disparate pieces of content. It ought to make your content more useful simply by virtue of the content being in the system.

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