Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Spam and Commenting

Over the last two weeks there has been a problem with spam bots. The problem has become annoying enough that it needs fixing. I am either going to turn on comment moderation or turn on a CAPTCHA system. Which do readers prefer?

9 comments:

Stacy S. said...

I have no preference! :-)

sniffnoy said...

I'd definitely prefer the CAPTCHA. Not seeing your comments appear immediately is frustrating.

Jay said...

CAPTCHA. No question.

Admiral Frum said...

Captchas. Perhaps the reCaptcha if you could implement it.

treehouses said...

reCaptcha, if possible.

sniffnoy said...

...combining "tony"'s comment with a heavy dose of fallacious anthropomorphism, we conclude that spambots are lazy. (Please do not use this as a reason not to delete the actual spam I'm commenting on.)

Joshua said...

Harry, I thought that that a comment from an intelligent spam bot agreeing that putting on CAPTCHA would be a good thing. No doubt this bot thinks it is smart enough to defeat CAPTCHA. So it has a direct interest in promoting CAPTCHA since it knows that most bots can't compete.

sniffnoy said...

Oh, true. That interpretation does make more sense.

Jay said...

CAPTCHAs acting as selective pressure on spambots. That's an interesting situation.