Ben Nadel
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I am the chief technical officer at InVision App, Inc - a prototyping and collaboration platform for designers, built by designers. I also rock out in JavaScript and ColdFusion 24x7.
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Damn Spam Bots! Too Smart!

By Ben Nadel on
Tags: ColdFusion

Over the weekend I had 4 spam comments posted to the site. Granted 3 of them were from the same bot, but still, this irks me. Last week I implemented a new de-spamming protocol and it seems that it is not tough enough. I am going to leave it in place for a bit longer to see how it goes. I apologize for any spam emails that people get (via comment posts). If this continues, I will update the ColdFusion / HTML code.

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Once I had problem with breaking my captcha by spammers, but it was solved with asking to enter result of math operation instead of dummy copying of image characters.

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Are you SURE it was a bot? Only thing to bear in mind is that some spammers pay people to submit comments as well. Just a thought. Wouldn't want you going crazy trying to create a CAPTCHA that would fool human spammers!

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Are you using CFAkismet? If not you should, we've been using it at my work blog and it's been awesome. (blog.d-p.com)... let me know if you need more info on it, but you should be able to find it at riaforge, or via a google search ;)

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what Peter said.. I get a few spam comments each week that are entered by humans.
I use a system that looks in the comment for URLs and compares it with a blacklist that I've built. If a human tries to submit a comment that contains a blacklisted URL (or word actually..) then the comment is rejected. That cuts down some on the human entered spam.

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@Peter,

Oh man! I didn't know that some spamming out there was human. How freakin' underhanded is that?!? I guess this begs the question: Who irritates me more, telemarketers that call at dinner time, or human spammers? Hmmmm, yeah, I ask the tough questions.

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@Jonese,

That CFAkismet service looks very cool. I am surprised that I have not seen more about it. I see that it is not quite a 1.0 release but it is a really awesome idea. I will look more into it.

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@Mike,

So far I have not gotten any more spam than the few this weekend. If it pops up again though, I might have to start checking the content of the comment. This is something I'm not crazy about as it's never 100% accurate and I don't want to err on the bad side (and I don't want to build in a manual approval system).

We shall see.

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