Comment spam defeated at last
Finally, a few months ago, I found a way that worked 100% of the time. This raw text file shows what I'm up against, containing all server variables and full text of every comment I've gotten in the last couple of months.
Here's the code for the comment form below. Can you spot my solution? (No, it's not the "http:" part, which almost worked)
<div class="roundedcornr_top_473174"><div></div></div> <div class="roundedcornr_content_473174"> <div id=commentBox class=commentBox> <div class=pad> <h2>Post comment</h2> <form action="/blog/index.php" method=POST onsubmit="return validateCommentForm(this);"> Real Name: <input type=text name=displayname /><br> <span style="visibility:hidden"> Your Email (Not displayed): <input type=text name="email"/></span><br> Text only. No HTML. If you write "http:" your message will be ignored. <br> <textarea cols=60 name=comment rows=10 wrap=soft ></textarea><br> <input type=submit value="Post" /> <input type=hidden name=id value="75"> </form> </div> <div class=comment> </div> </div> </div>
Why you should go to the Business of Software Conference Next YearMost people, having already paid $2000.00 of their hard earned money, and then having flown, driven, or otherwise travelled to Boston to attend a conference, and then having paid an additional $250/night plus $33/night parking and "tourism taxes" to the Seaport Hotel -- most people, after all this, are unlikely to say that it was a waste of time and they should have stayed home watching the remaining salvaged episodes of Doctor Who on Netflix.
In fact, I found it quite useful.