[Mailman-Users] Handling bogus subscribe requests

Jayson Smith jaybird at bluegrasspals.com
Sun Jan 17 11:20:57 EST 2016


Just my $0.02 worth, but as a blind person, were I going to implement a 
CAPTCHA, I would probably write some sort of simple math problem system 
or something. Besides the benefit of not needing registration, this 
CAPTCHA can be solved by anybody who can solve simple problems. 
ReCaptcha has a visual challenge and an audio challenge. That's great 
for those of us who are blind. However, as far as I know, they offer no 
alternative for people who are deaf blind.


On 1/17/2016 9:34 AM, Perry E. Metzger wrote:
> On Sat, 16 Jan 2016 18:27:00 -0800 Mark Sapiro <mark at msapiro.net>
> wrote:
>>> Would it be hard to add optional recaptcha support for the pages
>>> with forms in a future release? That would probably prevent most
>>> such games and it doesn't seem so bad.
>> I hate them. I'd really have to be convinced of the need.
>> In any case, you already have that ability. The only place I think
>> you need it is the subscribe form on the listinfo page. It is a
>> simple matter to install a sitewide custom listinfo template in
>> (for example for english) $prefix/templates/site/en/listinfo.html
>> or to make a list specific one through the web admin UI.
>> Since reCAPTCHA in particular requires registration and perhaps
>> other steps outside of Mailman, I don't think it's too burdensome
>> that the Mailman part requires making a custom template.
> Mostly it just requires registration. Doing a custom template is
> probably fine for someone like me who is able to deal with the
> technical steps involved but it might be too much of a burden for
> many users. If such code was contributed would you be willing to
> include it? You don't have to use it yourself of course if you find
> it overly vile.
> Perry

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