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Update on the Spam Front

So, a few weeks ago, I was getting fed up with the comment spam onslaught, and tried using captcha technology to shut it down. And it worked, which was great, but it also caused some problems for some readers, which was not so great. Pissing off readers is not something I want to do, so I dropped the captcha and am trying some new back-end spam filters instead.

Although the new spam filters seem to be working well so far, I'm a bit bummed about the outcome, because the captcha plug-in I was using -- reCaptcha -- is a bit more than your average spam deflector:

ReCaptcha is a rather clever service using them to help digitize books scanned into the Internet Archive as well. It’s a project from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon.

The Internet Archive is home to over 200,000 scanned copies of classic books. Some of them are gorgeously crafted, like this children’s book, but fancy styling can make it difficult for computers to translate the books into an indexable digital text. Much like a Mechanical Turk application, ReCaptcha uses humans to translate images of scanned words that a computer couldn’t understand.

I'd like to implement ReCaptcha at work instead of the captcha currently in place on the blog there, but it's busy as hell right now; I probably won't be able to get to it for a few more weeks.

Comments (2)

Dexter herron:

The Security thing was driving me buggy and eating my responses.
You know, LJ does not have that problem...


One reason why LJ doesn't have spam issues is because it's a walled garden. There's advantages to that, I admit, but you also give some things up as well.

I like the openness & control of my own site.

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