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Subject: RE: [chairs] Spam comments

These messages are also explicitly designed to enhance the senders Google search rankings - so they are systematic and deliberate.
We need to remove them from the archives as well.
We should not be offering easy support for these people - and I totally agree with immediate action to frustrate what they are currently doing.
I'm getting up to 20+ messages daily - being on comment lists and seeing 1 or 2 occurrences of these automated postings.
 : -(

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [chairs] Spam comments
From: Norman Walsh <ndw@nwalsh.com>
Date: Thu, June 29, 2006 12:40 pm
To: chairs@lists.oasis-open.org

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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