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Total Posts: 384
Joined: Jan 2015
Posted: 2019-09-01 19:34
Saw an interesting suggestion on HN about dealing with spambots.

You just add a hidden "link" or "URL" field to the message page. If the field is non-empty, then just send the post to /dev/null. It won't affect humans, because the field's hidden in the HTML. But most spam bots will just blindly spam their campaign links in any relevant field. Best of all, the change can be made with nothing more than a few lines of PHP with no external service dependency.

A lot of the HN posters said that if you're running a mid-sized web forum, the trick stops 90%+ of spam.

Good questions outrank easy answers. -Paul Samuelson


Total Posts: 271
Joined: Mar 2018
Posted: 2019-09-01 19:41
who can implement this?


Total Posts: 114
Joined: Sep 2015
Posted: 2019-09-03 17:23
Why don't we just make signing up recommendation based?

I am happy to help be a mod. Require a linkedin profile or some validation and a human goes in and approves or denies membership.

I think enough of us respect and appreciate this (FREE) forum to put in a few minutes here and there.


Total Posts: 66
Joined: May 2010
Posted: 2019-09-04 01:53
There have been numerous suggestions and potential solutions to keep this place clean. It looks like there is no interest from the other side.



Total Posts: 114
Joined: Sep 2015
Posted: 2019-09-04 19:37
But who is on the other side here?
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