FeenBan: A shadowban plugin for WordPress

Michael W. Dean of the Freedom Feens Talk Radio Show was having a problem with concern trolls. He wanted a way to shadowban commenters so I made him a plugin.

Here’s what he had to say about it:

“Gets rid of trolls without them knowing they’ve been banned. They keep posting, but no one other than them can see their posts.

Deliciously devilish! Trolling the trolls!

FeenBan! I’m not just the namesake, I’m also a client!”

For more information, visit the plugin page or download it from the WordPress Plugin Directory.

Drupal to WordPress Migration Tool

The Drupal to WordPress Migration Tool exports the bulk of the content from Drupal 6 to WordPress 3.5. It runs a series of MySQL queries to read information from a Drupal database and convert the content to WordPress. Please see this post for some background on the project.

A web front end is available for very basic Drupal installations. Sample SQL queries are included for more complex setups. It is an open source project released under The MIT License and hosted on GitHub.

The Drupal to WordPress Migration Tool shows how I like to structure code but since it’s an on-going project, it should be considered alpha code. (It uses HTML, JavaScript, jQuery and PHP but should be considered alpha code.)

Another Cup of Coffee Limited

We support Drupal and WordPress websites for small businesses, media agencies and not-for-profit groups. Our work includes setting up and maintaining content management systems, developing custom code and troubleshooting problems with servers.

My Role as founder

Founder, project manager and developer, 2006 to present

Day-to-day, I manage remote teams for my company, Another Cup of Coffee, using a simplified version of Scrum. We’re a group of independent professionals from different cities around the world working under one brand-name. When a new project comes along, I put together a team with the most relevant skills.

Aside from managing projects, I’m also a hands-on developer and systems administrator.

Arcware Solutions Ltd

Arcware Solutions Limited (ARC) offers IT and business process outsourcing services. It has partnered with suppliers in South East Asia and manages the entire outsourcing process.

Testimonial from Ray Catindig, co-founder:

“Highly industrious and knowledgeable about the Technical landscape and, most importantly, maintains a high level of moral fiber.”

My Role as a co-founder

Project Manager and Technical Advisor, 2003 to 2007

My role in ARC is divided into several areas:

  • Project manager for client projects.
  • A manager for the company’s IT infrastructure.
  • A technical advisor when bidding for projects.

Most of my time is spent working with clients and clients to assess what a project involves. Together, we identify what are the business and technical requirements; select suitable suppliers; and provide specification documents.

Web Developer

I re-coded our original static website it for W3C standards compliance and accessibility using WCAG. The website was optimised, reducing average page sizes from 300k to under 120k. Technical skills important for the website project were:

  • XHTML
  • CSS
  • PHP
  • Apache
  • Linux
  • Knowledge of W3C standards
  • Knowledge of WCAG

The Centre for Filipinos

The Centre for Filipinos (CF) is a UK-based non-governmental organisation. It was set up to help Filipinos enrich the quality of their lives in the UK, and maintain their distinct and unique cultural identity.

My Role as a freelance

Consultant, May 2004 to Jan 2005

CF wanted to review its processes for managing information. It wanted to find out how it could improve knowledge sharing between staff and service users.

With the help of staff and other volunteers, I identified important areas where information could be shared more effectively. I also suggested how it could improve the current information management processes.

Web Developer, Mar 2003 to Jan 2008

I am on CF‘s management committee and have been volunteering my work for many years. In 2003 the Centre asked me to develop its website to help with community outreach work. Since it wanted the site to be as inclusive as possible, it was designed and coded with accessibility in mind.

Technical skills important for the website project were:

  • XHTML
  • CSS
  • PHP
  • Knowledge of W3C standards
  • Knowledge of WCAG

Travel Agency (name withheld)

This travel agency specialises in flights to South-East Asia. After being in business for several years, it found that its Microsoft Access database was no longer sufficient.

My Role as a freelance

Database developer, Apr 2004 to Jun 2004

This project required me to analyse the company’s existing Microsoft Access database; redesign a new model; install and set-up a MySQL database on the
company’s Apple OS X server.

Technical skills important for this role were:

  • Microsoft Access 2000
  • MySQL
  • UML
  • Apple OS X (Darwin)
  • Microsoft Windows 98 and XP

Web developer, Apr 2004 to Jun 2004

After migrating from Microsoft Access to MySQL, the company needed me to develop a web front-end for their new database. It is used by separate office locations over VPN as the company’s main application for CRM and sales transactions.

Technical skills important for this role were:

  • XHTML
  • CSS
  • PHP
  • SQL
  • Apache
  • Apple OS X (Darwin)
  • Knowledge of W3C standards
  • Knowledge of WCAG

ADVFN plc

ADVFN.com is one of the UK‘s leading financial investor websites, reaching over 35 million page impressions per month. It offers innovative tools over the web, mobile devices and interactive TV.

My Role as an employee

Systems Developer, May 2000 to Jan 2001

At ADVFN I was a New Media Developer and headed the development of WAP and interactive TV services.

Other tasks included:

  • Developing dynamic web pages using PHP and HTML.
  • Integrating our Sybase, MySQL and PostgreSQL databases with the front-end application.
  • Creating financial feed handling tools using C/C++ for back-end processes.
  • Direct contact with customers through Focus Group meetings and day-to-day support.

Achievements:

  • Developed ADVFN.com Interactive TV services in under four weeks; able to save the company over £60,000 and six months development time.
  • Created ADVFN.com Mobile Internet site using existing tools and Open Source Software; rapid development and low-cost saved further time and money.
  • Opened communications with Orange. This resulted in a major collaboration agreement.

Technical skills important for this role were:

  • PHP
  • HTML
  • WML
  • C and C++
  • Sybase, MySQL, PostgreSQL
  • Apache
  • VI text editor
  • CVS
  • Linux
  • Knowledge of Liberate platform for interactive TV