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Subject: Spam comments

Recently, I've noticed an increase in the amount of spam coming through
the OASIS comment form:


Is anything being done to address this problem? Could comments be
subjected to moderation by staff or at least to some form of
CAPTCHA[*] to limit bot-driven spam?

                                        Be seeing you,

* I have some resevations about CAPTCHAs as they tend to discriminate
against users with certain kinds of disabilities, but surely this is a
problem that's been addressed. Asking commenters to answer a simple
math question (like the sum of two randomly generated single digit
numbers) would probably be sufficient, at least in the short term, to
address the problem.

Norman Walsh
XML Standards Architect
Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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