Aww #Dries, do you really miss me? Really? #Drupal #GaSP #mollom

Recently, I got an email from Dries Buytaert (CTO of Acquia) that I’d like to share with you.

Hello stevenjaycohen,

recently Mollom has been feeling kind of lonely. We noticed that your site hasn’t made any requests to Mollom for about two weeks.

If you decided to stop using Mollom, we’d love to understand why. We’re determined to provide the best possible service. If you are still using Mollom, and things are just slow, please ignore this e-mail.

We hope you’ll come back so if there is any way we can help, just contact us at and mention your site’s public Mollom key: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.

Mollom looks forward to eating more of your site’s spam!

Dries Buytaert
Co-founder Mollom

Hi Dries! Long time, no see!

I’m so sorry to hear that mollom is getting lonely. I wish I could say that I am coming back, but I’m not. Since leaving Drupal for GaSP, I really haven’t needed mollom to take care of my site.

GaSP uses a system called SAPTCHA to battle spam, and so far, it seems to be working perfectly for me.

Don’t get me wrong, mollom is great project. And a system like Drupal really needs the help of a huge project like mollom to help limit spam. After all, Drupal renders its content in a very old-school Web v1.0 way that is easy for spammers to exploit. GaSP, on the other hand, has a UI built in light-weight, dynamic JavaScript. So, it is impervious to most of the spamming software found on the web today.

Does that mean I am relying on security through obscurity? Not at all! I’m just pointing out that a small, nimble project, starting out on the modern web, doesn’t need to make the same assumptions that you did back when you started coding Drupal.

Dries, you and I skyped last a little over a year ago. And, a lot of what you said, that day, and at events over the years, has had an impact on me, and how I approached designing GaSP. I have learned so much by studying things that you have built.

That said, GaSP seems to be the antithesis of Drupal in many ways. And, that’s a good thing. Drupal is a wonderful framework, but no single framework will ever be the solution to all problems. Too many Drupal developers seem to suffer from the old saying, “if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”

My website is not a nail Dries. So, Drupal (and mollom by extension) are not the tools that I need to get the job done.

Thanks for everything!
I’ve learned so very much!


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