>> > My point was that login accounts aren't the only protection against
> > spambots, and they aren't necessarly the best.
>> Without them, my experience is that you're overwhelmed. (As mentioned,
> you may enjoy a fool's paradise of some months' duration until the bots
> all find you, but then you get clobbered.)
That few months may be all we need to accumulate the momentum of being
a sufficient size that users will be willing to jump through the hoops
that they wouldn't have been willing to jump through for a small
>> > On the otherhand, requiring login accounts will not necessarly deter
> > spammers.
>> Indeed, we call that "necessary but not sufficient": I would also use
> captcha (http://www.captcha.net/). Human spammers can still run that
> gauntlet (gaining brief access, that you then terminate), but _spambots_
Captcha.status == agreed;
Logins.necessary.status = disagreed;
Logins.necessary.disagreement.justification = wikipedia;
>> Thus: Never try to outwork a spambot.
>> > I just think we should start off with anti-crap techniques that don't
> > bother or hassle our potential users.
>> Recognising reality indeed has disadvantages. ;-> The only consolation
> is that the alternative's worse.
The reality is that wikipedia has developed into an encyclopedia with
over 566k articles, meaning that it is approximately a factor of 5
times larger than the next largest Encyclopedia(Britannica). Another
reality is that I've seen very little(personally none) noise on
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