>> > You don't outwork a spambot. You out-smart a spambot. You use measures
> > like spam filters, and image-code checking.
>> Well, true -- but that tends to rule out no-login posting, I think.
> Which was really my point.
My point was that login accounts aren't the only protection against
spambots, and they aren't necessarly the best.
They are cumbersome for the user, and may mean that someone passing
who would otherwise have submitted some useful content, couldn't be
bothered signing up. That Person may submit some useful content a
couple of times, and get used to the place. This will be particularly
true if contributing to the wiki is the only motivation to create an
On the otherhand, requiring login accounts will not necessarly deter
spammers. We can require email confirmation to get their email
address, but what's to stop them from using something like
pookmail.com (I know we could filter out that particular one, but I'm
sure there are plenty more like that that we don't know about).
Besides you can set up a throwaway account with someone like yahoo, or
any of the other free email providers, which means potential
bad-people from these addresses too, but there are also many
legitimate users with such addresses, which means that we can't filter
them out - though I suppose we could filter out hotmail for, er other
I just think we should start off with anti-crap techniques that don't
bother or hassle our potential users.
Maintained by the ILUG website team. The aim of Linux.ie is to
support and help commercial and private users of Linux in Ireland. You can
display ILUG news in your own webpages, read backend
information to find out how. Networking services kindly provided by HEAnet, server kindly donated by
Dell. Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds,
used with permission. No penguins were harmed in the production or maintenance
of this highly praised website. Looking for the
Indian Linux Users' Group? Try here. If you've read all this and aren't a lawyer: you should be!