[Mailman-Users] bots subscribing to lists via web forms to avoidmember-only restrictions

Stephen J. Turnbull stephen at xemacs.org
Thu Jan 17 02:28:44 CET 2008

LuKreme writes:
 > On 6-Jan-2008, at 14:02, Mark Sapiro wrote:
 > >> Are there plans to enhance the web subscription form with a type of
 > >> captcha, or other technique to discourage bots?
 > >
 > > There is no current plan.
 > There really should be.

Why?  It's user-unfriendly and botnet-friendly technology (ie, we know
that if you throw cycles at the problem you can solve it).  You get
the worst of both worlds.

We need to get out of the arms race with spammers.  We aren't
President Reagan, we can't spend them into submission.

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