[wp-hackers] Spam results

Jeff Barr jeff at vertexdev.com
Sat Dec 4 04:52:13 UTC 2004

From: Matt Mullenweg <m at mullenweg.com>:

>I'm curious what spam methods are working best for everyone? I see lots 
>of comments people saying they're using something but not many saying 
>what's working. Namely, what would be the best methods to roll in? 
>Obviously something like captcha doesn't fit the WP philosophy, but some 
>of the other approaches (scoring comments, better management of floods, 
>auto-closing) I think could be very effective even when mass-deployed. 
I am getting lots of good reports on my simple "Turing Test" system:


I simply prompt for my first name, and verify that it is there. If not, 
I issue a simple message.
The user (if they are not a comment spammer) can simply press Back and 
try again.

I have not received a single spam in the 8 days since I implemented this 
system; I was
getting dozens per day before.


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