Kill Forum & Comment Spam

What else can be done about Forum-Spam? It’s become increasingly prolific in the past year or so. It drives me, and other webmasters, insane. I consider it worse than your everyday email-based spam. Then there’s the ever-popular comment spam that fills your blog comments with junk.

Captcha codes help with the comment spam, but they infuriate forum users. There are tons of methods being used to combat “webspam” (as I call the general group on non-email spam), but they are being countered just as quickly. Captchas are defeated with image-reading robots, complex forum signups by manual spamming by a real person. Something needs to be done.

Captchas are defeated with image-reading robots, complex forum signups by manual spamming by a real person.

What, though? So far, outsmarting the spammers technologically has only worked for short periods of time. Governmental rulings have made it easier and more legal for the spammers. Even with decent prohibiting spam internationally, the spammers wouldn’t care. Someone needs to come up with more high-tech spam-fighting methods! The ultimate anti-spam system would stop all spam (obviously) and not irritate a site’s users.

So far, outsmarting the spammers technologically has only worked for short periods of time. Governmental rulings have made it easier and more legal for the spammers.

I don’t really care about the email-based spam people keep going on about. My personal GMail account gets about 3 spam messages per day (my domain email system fluctuates. Sometimes it’s 6/day, other times it’s once a week). It’s the webspam that needs to be dealt with.

Note: This article is about Spam (internet junk-mail). I have no problem with SPAM, the tasty(?) meat product made by Hormel.


 

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