[thelist] preventing (further) attempts to spam a site

Chris Hayes chris at lwcdial.net
Wed Jul 19 19:01:07 CDT 2006

I've thoughtof numerous methods to avoid this.. and with each method I can 
imaginatify (a Bushism 4 sure Yo!)... the anti-method.

G'luck buddy

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "misterhaan" <misterhaan at track7.org>
To: <thelist at lists.evolt.org>
Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2006 10:17 PM
Subject: Re: [thelist] preventing (further) attempts to spam a site

> Sarah Adams wrote:
>> I was thinking that once someone (or a bot) tries to submit a form with
>> bad input (based on evidence of header injection attempts or html where
>> it shouldn't be allowed), rather than simply clean up the input or
>> ignore the request, I could return a 404 header. I was thinking this
>> *might* discourage them from trying again. What are the chances this
>> will make a spammer stop coming back to spam this form? (I wouldn't
>> expect it to stop all spammers, but if it stopped even a few, it might
>> be worth it.)
> I would think a 403 would be more appropriate than a 404, but at the
> same time I'd be surprised if spammers are paying any attention to the
> response they get from the server.
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