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Back To Manual Spamming

Spammers are now outsourcing for manual spamming (via Bloggers Blog) to workaround CAPTCHAs. Though a single spammer cannot be as fast as a machine, thousands of them together than spell a lot of trouble. Captchas force you to identify certain characters and enter them, which machines cannot follow. This works fine assuming that humans, for whom captchas are built, do not spam. The outsourcing trend will overcome this. I think the problem here is with the basic SEO behavior. The websites for which spamming is being done should be punished and excluded through all indexes. This will harm the basic purpose for which they employ spamming, and can help the situation.

Discussion [Participate or Link]

  1. Doug Karr said:

    That’s incredible! I still approve every comment on my blog and it’s incredible the volume of SPAM I receive, even with Akismet. I have had much more luck with contact form spam by implementing a “challenge question”. I wonder what the success of outsourcing would be on challenge questions which require comprehension and familiarity with the website.

  2. Abhijit Nadgouda said:

    True, moderation is the only way of truly avoiding spam. Challenge question is effective, but it will also discourage the right guy who wants to comment. I think commenting should be easy, only then will there be conversations.

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