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"Creatively Stop Form Spam", with Jacob Munson

When: Thursday, July 17, 6:00pm US EDT (UTC/GMT-5) (What time is that for you? See
http://www.timeanddat... which shows the time as US EDT and you can choose your city from the list offered to see what time that is in your own timezone.)
Meeting URL: Duration: Approx. 1 hour
Meeting will be recorded. URL will be posted after meeting at Our second talk for Thursday, July 10 will have Jacob Munson presenting "
Creatively Stop Form Spam".
Description: (provided by the speaker) There are a lot of effective ways to stop spam. Captcha is the most popular, but it is fnot always the most effective prevention technique. In this presentation I will demonstrate numerous alternative methods for preventing form spam. And the side benefits of these methods are better site usability and accessibility.
Speaker: (provided by the speaker) Jake has been developing ColdFusion based applications since ColdFusion 4. He is well known for building CFQuickDocs ( He has given numerous presentations to various user groups, including the popular CF Meetup group. Jake is very passionate about the Internet, particularly about web standards and surrounding technologies.
RECORDING: As always, the meeting will be recorded, and the recording URL will be posted after the meeting at
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  • Jose G.

    I already saw this presentation at CF United 2008, but seeing it again was helpful cause there was a lot of material to cover. All the points discussed were quite useful, and I'm glad I had this refresher on how to fight back spammers. I might never have stumbled upon such community projects such as Project Honey Pot and Akismet.

    July 21, 2008

  • Erik G.

    Great topic.

    Future ideas...

    As you know, I once implemented a math problem into my comment form.... I think having some kind of question that shows a human is filling out the form is great. It would slow down the human spammers... and who knows, if they are foreign language, etc it might even stump them.

    I recently heard a person jest that there be some type of quiz before leaving a comment to make sure that they actually read the article (to avoid comments that are obviously inaccurate).

    It might be interesting with each blog post/article to have the author also submit a small set of questions/answers about the content... it would serve two purposes (spam and off topic comments).

    Of course this needs to be un-intrusive... so maybe be optional, and if you don't answer your comment has to be approved by a moderator.

    July 18, 2008

  • Steve W.

    Some very good ideas were brought to the table. Thanks Jake!

    July 18, 2008

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