Saturday, February 10, 2007

I hated to do it...but CAPTCHAs are in!

I've been fighting comment spam for several months now, and I've written some administration utilities that automatically rid the posts for the custom blogging framework I wrote a couple years ago, but it's gotten lately to a volume that's nearly uncontrollable, and certainly bothersome. I've found CAPTCHAs to be bothersome, but I couldn't avoid it anymore.

Immediately after deploying the extra validation step it eliminated bad comments right away by 100%. Whew!

Sorry to those that this bothered, even if temporarily, because we caught most of the bad posts before our users saw the junk. If you're a dev, consider this list when rolling your own anti-spam solution.

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