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I finally implemented CAPTCHA

Published to Blog on 27 Feb 2007

I get about 50 spam comments a day. The built-in spam rules along with the Akismet mod do a great job of catching 98% of the spam comments. One or two a day tend to sneak through, but it isn’t a big deal to manually delete those. I tend to get one or two false positives a week as well. Because I am a polite fellow I hate to think that someone has taken the time to comment here only to have that comment thrown into spam hell, never be seen again. So I end up spending a few minutes a day (or several minutes if I let them pile up for a week) browsing through the comments marked as spam to make sure that no “real” comments got thrown in there my mistake. I’ve done that faithfully for quite some time and each time I do it I tell myself that I really need to implement a CAPTCHA system.

Today I told myself that there is no better day than Today! I finally bit the bullet and implemented Dave Burke’s CAPTCHA mod on this blog’s comment forms. I figure that between Dave’s CAPTCHA system and the Community Server spam rules I may never have to shuffle through spam comments again. Thanks, Dave and thanks, Community Server!


Dan Hounshell
Web geek, nerd, amateur maker. Likes: apis, node, motorcycles, sports, chickens, watches, food, Nashville, Savannah, Cincinnati and family.
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  • On 27 Feb 2007 "Dave Burke"" said:
    I won't tell anyone you're using CAPTCHA if you don't! -) Don't worry, CAPTCHA for CS2007 is going to be bigger and badder than ever, so you can rest easy from here on out, Dan!
  • On 27 Feb 2007 """ said:
    I think the cat is out of the bag now, Dave )
  • On 27 Feb 2007 "Dave Burke"" said:
    blog bits Ning launches. I can't give you a first-hand review because the home page has a message that
  • On 11 Mar 2007 "Community Server Bits"" said:
    Telligenti Dan Hounshell flatters me to the extreme by implementing my CAPTCHA mod on his blog. Like