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Spammers will Wreck Everything

09/24/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Computers and Internet, Open Source

I recently commented to "Spammers will wreck everything..." posted by miss rogue on HorsePigCow. I would have trackbacked initially, but didn't see the link initially. XX(

In that comment, I mentioned that one reason that we had choosen the Open Source b2evolution was that we could see the community's passion about fighting spam.

The community now has even devoted a "sub-forum" to fighting spam, "Got Spam?".

Here are some of the anti-spam features of the latest release, 0.9.1 aka "Dawn".

  • Referer spam gets detected early and triggers a "403 Forbidden" error message in order to save resources on the server.
  • Removed public statistics in order not to attract referer spam.
  • Trying to access public stats triggers a "410 Gone" error message.
  • Complete comment text will be searched for blacklisted keywords.
  • HTML entities can now be used in blacklisted keywords.
  • Restricted URL input into feedback to defeat comment spam.
  • Use of rel="nofollow" for feedback author URLs to defeat comment spam
  • The antispam blacklist is not displayed by default anylonger if it gets longer than 100 entries (and it will indeed get much longer than that...)

But we're really looking forward to the Phoenix release, which promises even more anti-spam features - and a whole lot more.

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Tara 'Miss Rogue' Hunt

Hey Joseph,

Thanks for pointing out the forum! I would actually like to strike up a community meetup or the like just to start talking about attacking SPAM from all angles.

What do you think?


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I'm Joseph A. di Paolantonio and this blog has two main foci: my interest in food, and my interest in the future. This provides a look into my personal life, and is separate from my consulting work…though there will be overlap. I am an independent researcher, working as a strategic consultant and I'm an executive with over 20 years of commercial experience with a technical interest in the intersection of Internet of Things, with advanced data management and analysis methods. I view data science as a team activity, and I feel that the IoT must be viewed as a system. I am leveraging my past activities to understand the adoption and impact of the IoT; first, as a system engineer in aerospace, where I developed Bayesian risk assessment methods for systems within the Space Transportation System (including the Space Shuttle), Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer, Gravity Probe B, and many more, and second, as a enterprise data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics professional. Between my aerospace and IT careers, I indulged my hobby of cooking by starting a food company, Montara Magic, centered around my chocolate sauces. My education combined chemistry, mathematics and philosophy. I performed research into molten salt fuel cells in graduate school, and in photovoltaic materials for a short time in industry. The lure of bringing the human race into space was strong, and when I was offered the chance to combine my chemistry and mathematics skills to develop new risk assessment and system engineering methods for space launch and propulsion systems – I couldn't resist. I perform independent research and strategic consulting to bring value from the Internet of Things, Sensor Analytics Ecosystems and data science teams.I am a caregiver, a lover of science fiction and speculative fantasy, and my passion to learn has led me to a pilot's license, an assistant instructor in SCUBA, nordic and alpine skiing, sea kayaking, and reading everything I can, in as many topics as I can.

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