Interaction models for countering spam on blogs

14 Feb 2005 - 10:21am
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Dave Malouf
2005

Ok,

Has anyone else noticed that comments on Boxes & Arrows have basically
ceased?

I realize that B&A had a bad spam attack and even shut down commenting for a
spell while they set up a system to require authentication in order to
create comments. The authentication system they chose is supposedly
something that other bloggers can tap into (if they subscribe to it), but
not many have from what I have seen.

Having recently faced this problem recently I have taken a slightly
different path. The one that requires you to read an unOCRable (scanable)
graphic and type in the string. AND just in case that isn't enough I
moderate the comments (I never imagine getting as many as Boxes and Arrows
or Ok-Cancel for that matter).

Now, I know that B&A is not officially a blog as it has an editorial staff,
but its use of commenting is very blog like and well is one of the more
attractive features of the zine.

My question is ... What are some of the ideal ways to allow users to post
comments while limiting spammers? Either that you have seen or conceived. I
find it a shame that great blogs out there don't even allow comments and I'm
sure spam is part of that reason. Are trackback URLs enough for commenting?
It assumes everyone has a blog to trackback with AND it assumes that my
comment is worthy of a blog entry on my own site.

What do others think?

-- dave

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16 Feb 2005 - 3:57pm
Dan Zlotnikov
2004

There was a recent post on Kuro5hin(1) on that topic. The solutions
they suggest are mostly purely technical
( http://www.kuro5hin.org/comments/2005/2/14/02558/3376/43#43 ), but
they do avoid forcing the commenter to go to extra trouble.

Dan

(1) A mostly-techical discussion forum, similar to slashdot
(http://www.slashdot.org/ ) Pronounced Ku-RO-shin, the 5 being a
takeoff on a character in Neal Stephenson's SF novel, "Snow Crash" --
Da5id.

On Mon, 14 Feb 2005 10:21:32 -0500, David Heller <dave at ixdg.org> wrote:
> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted material.]
>
> Ok,
>
> Has anyone else noticed that comments on Boxes & Arrows have basically
> ceased?
>
> I realize that B&A had a bad spam attack and even shut down commenting for a
> spell while they set up a system to require authentication in order to
> create comments. The authentication system they chose is supposedly
> something that other bloggers can tap into (if they subscribe to it), but
> not many have from what I have seen.
>
> Having recently faced this problem recently I have taken a slightly
> different path. The one that requires you to read an unOCRable (scanable)
> graphic and type in the string. AND just in case that isn't enough I
> moderate the comments (I never imagine getting as many as Boxes and Arrows
> or Ok-Cancel for that matter).
>
> Now, I know that B&A is not officially a blog as it has an editorial staff,
> but its use of commenting is very blog like and well is one of the more
> attractive features of the zine.
>
> My question is ... What are some of the ideal ways to allow users to post
> comments while limiting spammers? Either that you have seen or conceived. I
> find it a shame that great blogs out there don't even allow comments and I'm
> sure spam is part of that reason. Are trackback URLs enough for commenting?
> It assumes everyone has a blog to trackback with AND it assumes that my
> comment is worthy of a blog entry on my own site.
>
> What do others think?
>
> -- dave
>
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