Recently on LinkedIn I noticed a discussion from a member of an Australian/New Zealand consulting group about developing an on-line community for undertaking free peer reviews of new resource estimates and technical reports. The objective was to help the mining industry improve on their standards, consistency, and quality of resource estimates and the supporting technical reports.
RSC are steadily compiling a Dropbox library of technical reports that can be accessed via a searchable map on their web site at this link. The map functionality is quite unique and interesting. Check it out – there are many global projects already listed on the map.
The proposed peer review concept is not described on the web site but was part of a LinkedIn discussion, which now seems to be deleted from LinkedIn. The goal is (or was) to develop a team of pre-approved volunteer mineral consultants that would review the various technical reports for accuracy and compliancy. The list of comments would then be complied and would generate a ranking to be provided back to the original author and/or the mining company. The hope is that such on-going peer reviews would help improve the quality of technical work.
Via LinkedIn, they were seeking out volunteer reviewers and had numerous people interested already. My understanding is that they were planning to start a trial run of the system within the next few weeks, however seeing the article gone from LinkedIn, the idea may have been put aside. Nevertheless the searchable map is still there and it is an interesting way to see what project developments are occurring in the mining industry.
This is a short non-mining topic but it’s something I found interesting. Spam and spamming is everywhere.
I started this little WordPress blogging site a few months and enable the readers to comment on each blog. Well lo and behold it didn’t take long for the spam to start arriving. The image below shows the typical spam that I would get in the comments section, even though commenting requires one to enter an email address in order to post. It took a few weeks to start but most recently I would be getting 5 to 10 of these spammed “comments” each day. It’s not like my website has a lot of followers or comments, but it still ended up a target to the bots or spiders or whatever else that is roaming around the web.
The first solution is to turn off automatic commenting to prevent comments from being posted immediately on-line. I switched to moderated comments whereby each comment needs to be manually approved by the administrator before being posted live. However after being continually asked to approve a lot of pending spam comments, it got tiresome. The next solution was implementing the CAPTCHA (see image below).