Friday, December 02
You know you want to.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Saturday, December 03 2011 02:38 PM (DOX7h)
Although I don't think the spammers are likely to play. Well, spammer (singular so far) since it's obviously the same IP.
Posted by: Hypozeuxis at Saturday, December 03 2011 04:27 PM (5eWak)
Posted by: RickC at Sunday, December 04 2011 09:28 AM (VKVOz)
Those kinds of things can work pretty well, but only if they're rare and obscure. If they become widespread then the spammers will change their spamming code, and then they don't work any more.
The only thing I know of that does really work and will keep working is captchas, even though everyone hates them. Handled properly, spambots can't fool them.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sunday, December 04 2011 10:37 AM (+rSRq)
RickC - yeah, I have a hidden form field, and even a decoy form. It helps, but it's not perfect.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, December 04 2011 10:38 AM (PiXy!)
Posted by: Wonderduck at Monday, December 05 2011 02:14 PM (2YMZG)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, December 05 2011 10:43 PM (PiXy!)
A less-severe alternative would be to have the non-JS version of the form force moderation or extra spam checks. I've been thinking about switching to that method when I upgrade my server, and adding randomization to both the JS and non-JS URLs, so that, say, today /post/43wrdfvk works and /post/tg34grtg fails.
Posted by: J Greely at Tuesday, December 06 2011 10:43 AM (fpXGN)
My trick worked probably because the site was relatively low volume; I don't think there was much payoff, and we didn't get much spam.
My goal was to get the effect that I wanted with minimum effort, and it worked. I don't run the site any longer, and I don't bother to read the public-facing forums so I don't know if it is still effective, but I had plans for several other tiers of countering.
Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, December 07 2011 01:20 AM (fXrun)
Posted by: Wonderduck at Saturday, December 10 2011 03:04 PM (Nf6le)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, December 10 2011 06:00 PM (PiXy!)
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