Bloody spam…

Gnomefiles.org gets lots of spam in its comment section for the past year. I have tried a gazillion different methods to keep spam away, but it is always coming back. It seems that the entities who spam the server are actually real people and not bots! OSNews has the same problem with their news submission form. I find it amazing that spamming has become so fruitful that they can afford to pay real people to do the spamming in order to go around the traps.

Unfortunately, adding registration for commenting/rating on Gnomefiles would require extensive rewrite of the software which is something that I am not willing to do at this point. I might implement a captcha like Engadget’s though. The user will have to enter a valid email address and then receive a verification via email with a special URL that will make the comment to go live. Problem with this method is, PHP’s automatic emailing system will be trapped by many anti-spam solutions who will think that this is spam and not a legitimate email. :(

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Eugenia wrote on April 17th, 2006 at 2:02 AM PST:

Adam, no, the osnews spam has not gone away! I deleted two spam news submissions just last night! Did their number go down since you implemented the captcha? Yes. But it has not gone away completely.

I have implemented captchas that have the same effectiveness on Gnomefiles as well. They have brought the spam down to 1-3 posts a day, down from about 30-40 per week (usually they were mass-submitted — that was last year). But that 1-3 spams a day are still bothering me because it means that I have to login to the Gnomefiles backend and delete them, every single day.


KCorax wrote on April 17th, 2006 at 7:12 AM PST:

I really liked the thin stripes better.
The new background has some ????at??a about it.
And the spiral should really be on the left. The way it is right now places eye resistance that prevents people from looking at the right bar.
Also random readers won’t think it’s a backpage. You can’t expect that much intelligence from visitors.


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Eugenia wrote on April 17th, 2006 at 7:44 AM PST:

What does your comment has to do with Gnomefiles’ spam? If you just wanted to comment on this blog’s looks, you could just comment on the right blog post, or email me. :P


Adam wrote on April 17th, 2006 at 12:29 PM PST:

I’m telling you, it’s not real people. It’s people who are sending the information to the form using pre-programmed HTTP variables. Ever since I put the handwritten captcha on the OSNews submission form, the spam has pretty much gone away.

I can help you implement it, but as you know, I’ve been working on other things lately!


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