I have added a contact form to the site, here. It doesn't follow any other color scheme you've seen, and it may look a little unfinished.
Actually, it's part of an experiment. I read that one way to help filter spam is to use a little bit of CSS to set
display: none; on a couple form items. Then, when your form is posted and processed, check the value of the non-displayed form items. If they have been filled in, mark the message as spam and discard it. Otherwise, it's likely to be legitimate.
I've had a fair amount of spam on this site over the last couple years, which is why anonymous commenting has been disabled. It's also why I have no "register" function on this site. Since I draw a fair amount of traffic from spammers, I figure this may be a good way to handle it. If the numbers look good, I'll be tying it into my "blog_bans" table, and automatically ban any spam bot's IP.
The contact form works, but for reference, if they are visible:
- Don't fill in the first "Your Marketing Website" field
- Don't check the "I agree" box
I'll probably leave it up for a couple months and see what happens. I may also create a dynamic pie chart off the statistics table.
Edit: Pie graph. Right side. Look!
I R BLEU PIE
- Posted by macguy (Guest) on November 13, 2006 at 11:20:58PM
Very good idea mate, I am interested to see if it flags anything.
- Posted by Matt (Guest) on November 14, 2006 at 03:26:01AM
Macguy, I fixed the bleu pie. :P
- Posted by tim (Guest) on November 14, 2006 at 01:06:46PM
that is pretty cool, u could make a spam thermometer or something.
it is also a more user friendly way to filter spam submission than those word pictures that everyone uses...
- Posted by nabiy (Guest) on November 15, 2006 at 01:23:37AM
Shiiit that's a lot of spam.
- Posted by Zonko (Guest) on December 1, 2006 at 12:39:28PM