[thelist] are bots submitting my form?

Liz Hincks liz.hincks at gmail.com
Fri Jan 13 10:17:29 CST 2006

Thanks for the validation!  ...the one thing that adds more mystery to the
issue ...is that this site has 3 forms and the bots just seem to be picking
on this one particular form.
(all three forms are pretty darn similar and back end is completely similar)

thanks to everyone for the help,

On 1/12/06, Casey <aspnet at thecrookstons.com> wrote:
> Hi Liz,
> Yes, it's a good chance bots are submitting your form.  What you are
> seeing
> is not at all unusual, and as I understand it, they are hoping to discover
> the email address to which the form content is being sent.  Once they have
> the email address, of course, they can sell it to spammers.
> The best way I know of to stop this is to use a required field which asks
> the user to enter the contents of an image.  You may have seen this
> before.... the page displays an image with a distorted word in it and then
> asks you to enter what it says.  It's distorted to prevent bots from
> screen
> scraping the value.  Unless the value is entered correctly the form will
> not
> submit.
> Hope that helps,
> Casey
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <liz at zolabola.com>
> To: <thelist at lists.evolt.org>
> Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 9:10 AM
> Subject: [thelist] are bots submitting my form?
> >I have a simple webform on a site ...using javascript it requires that a
> > few of the fields are filled in (the usual...name, email)
> >
> > But the darn form keeps coming in completely empty!!!  ...sometimes it
> > comes in filled in with data, too ...so I know it works ...at least I
> > think it does.  Feel free to try it.
> >
> > Are bots submitting it?  Does my site have a ghost?  Any ideas of what
> may
> > be happening or how I can debug?
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