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EspressoLover


Total Posts: 382
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

Jurassic


Total Posts: 254
Joined: Mar 2018
 
Posted: 2019-09-01 19:41
who can implement this?

contango_and_cash


Total Posts: 107
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.

zee4


Total Posts: 65
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.

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contango_and_cash


Total Posts: 107
Joined: Sep 2015
 
Posted: 2019-09-04 19:37
But who is on the other side here?
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