[clug] Re: Using a forum system for CLUG

David Schoen neerolyte at gmail.com
Mon May 4 07:34:14 GMT 2009

I would suggest starting gradually, if I set something up it will start with
registration required. Then when I'm ready (or someone else wants to do the
leg work) allow anonymous posts that require moderator approval and probably
a captcha (doesn't matter what if the spam volume proves low). Assuming spam
ramps up, implement things like WordPress' spam filter or
http://bbantispam.com/ .

Another option might be to make registration trivial by using openids?
(Don't really know if this is viable as I don't know much about them

We can always gradually adjust the way we attack spam depending on how much
there is around, but it shouldn't ever need to affect the mailman list.


2009/5/4 Michael Still <mikal at stillhq.com>

> Andrew Janke wrote:
> >> Here's an example of an attack on recaptcha - they had to resort to
> >> streamlining human interaction.
> >>
> >> http://musicmachinery.com/2009/04/27/moot-wins-time-inc-loses/
> >
> > I though that recaptcha was only added into the times voting thing
> > after the initial 20million votes were added?  You are right though,
> > after that times added recaptcha and from logging apparently some of
> > the people involved were spending 40hours +! typing in captcha's...
> > Wonder how many books were digitised as a result of this?
> >
> > Yes, captchas do not stop all SPAM, but they are an easy to implement
> > first-hack that is not too imposing (as compared to having to sign up
> > to a forum -- I usually don't and move on) and at least in this case
> > you are doing something a little good.
> The source is archive.org scanned books, and techcrunch claimed the
> other day that archive.org is scanning "only 1,000 books a day" [1]. I
> assume only a fraction of those need recaptcha's support as well. So, I
> assume based on limited data that the answer is "not many".
> Mikal
> 1:
> http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/05/02/it-turns-out-that-google-even-has-a-competitive-advantage-in-scanning-books/
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