• Form field spammers

    Mar 22 2006

    I didn't want to put my email address on the site, purely for spam reasons. I thought I could avoid spam by putting a contact form on the site instead. Now, I get more spam than I used to from comment spam bots using my contact form!

    There is no escape, and I will have to accept this as a part of my destiny...

  • Comments

    1. Dan Pitman at 11:39am on March 22, 2006

    Hey Jesse,

    When I was doing work on the Thrivecanada website, they asked me about reducing spam (as they need to have their email addresses on the site).

    I found that if you use ascii code in place of the @ symbol, it seems to trick the spambots searching for addresses, but still works in a "mailto" link.

    ie: <a href="mailto:danpitman&#64;hotmail.com">

    2. Jesse Skinner at 12:54pm on March 22, 2006

    That's great, Dan. Though I wonder how long before they adapt the bots to factor this in...

    It's become painfully impossible to distinguish between bots and humans.. besides using a CAPTCHA, I suppose. I think I'd rather deal with spam myself rather than put the work on my visitors. For now, anyway. Ask me in a few months...

    3. espd at 4:43pm on March 24, 2006

    Use the Enkoder. It works great. Encodes an email address so bots can't recognize it.

    http://automaticlabs.com/products/enkoderform

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