Quality Spam Control!

Arizona Rifleman hipped me to this Conditional CAPTCHA plugin.

Once I make this post I’m going to log out as me, and troll my own blog just to see how it looks for you guys, but the config panel generates some fake confirmation screens that are CONSIDERABLY easier to decode IMHO than the standard noisy and distorted text CAPTCHA I was using.

Let me know how it works for you, seems to be working OK as we’re still getting comments. If for some odd reason your comment doesn’t appear it probably got trashed, so try re-submitting, as I likely won’t need to moderate comments that trip Akismet anymore.

Strange comments below are me, and you should be able to figure that out.

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7 Responses to Quality Spam Control!

  1. Glad to be of assistance.

    I’m sure you’ve noticed, but CC also gives you the option of using reCAPTCHA if the built-in one is busted by spambots (it probably is, but it might take them a while to notice you’re using it). You just need the API keys that reCAPTCHA provides to activate that functionality.

    Considering how rarely legit comments end up being shown a captcha with CC, it might be worth turning it on.

    If you can see this, the comment has gone through. :)

  2. Miguel says:

    Testing 1…2…3…

    • Miguel says:

      I like it… nothing at all!

      • Weerd Beard says:

        Yeah I wrote a BUNCH of obnoxious spam posts, and likley because it was from this IP.

        So by my guess it fails open, which I will be fine with since I read my comments regularly through the day and if I have to trash one every so often, no worries.

  3. Robb Allen says:

    Being that most modern browsers support JavaScript, I’ve found that having blog posts / comments / contacts done as scripts cuts it down by about a billionty percent (haven’t integrated it into Ansible yet, but I plan on it). Scrapers look for the value of the form’s action attribute, gather all the input fields, match them to basic patterns, then call ‘submit’ on the form.

    When you do it as a JavaScript, they have no clue if the field is part of a comment form or something else on the page and, without an ‘action’ to look at (they’d have to literally scan all the javascripts looking for particular addresses, and none of those might even remotely look like a comment service) they give up easily.

    I wonder why more people don’t do this.

  4. lucusloc says:

    I support using reCAPTCHA if possible.

  5. McThag says:

    This is a comment.

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