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Subject: Re: [chairs] Spam comments

In this same vein, how does the TC process section related public reviews get handled? The relevant paragraph is:

Comments from non-TC Members must be collected via the TC's archived public comment facility; comments submitted through any other means shall not be accepted. The TC must track the comments received as well as the disposition of each comment.

Does this require that spam comments be tracked (& resolved :}) or do we allow the TC or TC chair to determine whether a particular submission is spam and not a public review comment?

Rich Thompson

Norman Walsh <ndw@nwalsh.com>

06/29/06 12:40 PM

[chairs] 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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