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Extra required field can reduce spamming? (5 posts)

  1. Jinsan
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I happened to come across a WP site, I forget which, that suggested that adding a fourth field in the comment form which was required would assist in blocking spammers.

    Name (required)
    Email (required)
    Website

    Assuming the above is the default, it's what the bot would look for so you would add a fourth field.

    Bob's First Name (required)

    Now, has anyone tried this and does it work? Logically it seems to be an intelligent thing to do, but then I guess most bots are smartly designed to expect another field, and will eventually find a solution, but just wondering if anyone has successfully tried this?

  2. Jinsan,

    WP-Gatekeeper is probably what you were thinking of.

    westi

  3. Joni
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    My blog is using Jeff Barr's Comment Verification Script which seems to have cut back on those heaping helpings of spam:

    http://www.syndic8.com/~jeff/blog/index.php?p=103

  4. orangeguru
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Kitty's Spaminator keeps them away at my site. Works great.

  5. Nick Momrik
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I'm not using any spam plugins anymore and the things built into WP 1.5 are doing a great job!

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