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Dealing with blog spam

Filed under: Accessibility,Miscellaneous,Security — spiderwebwoman at 9:19 pm on Monday, March 14, 2005

Stuck between a rock and a hard place and another rock. If I turn comments on, I get spammed. If I turn comments off, I get no comments (doh). If I switch to a skin that has the CAPTCHA function enabled, then it’s not accessible to readers who are blind.

So I’m looking around for another place to host my blog. Typepad seems to be doing a good job blocking and removing spam.  Any comments?

I guess I have to turn comments on for a while.




   Darrell Shandrow

April 26, 2005 @ 3:45 pm   

We’re not altogether against the use of CAPTCHA or anything else that increases security and protects against abuse of resources, so long as the scheme is accessible and does not exclude the blind! If the host of these blogs provides CAPTCHA as a security measure, that CAPTCHA ought to include an audio alternative. It should not be possible for an individual blogger to make their comment posting functionality inaccessible. I see accessibility of CAPTCHA as being the responsibility of the blog hosting service.

Guess I have yet another letter to write? The complete and absolute lock out presented by visual verification schemes without any accessible alternatives is huge and extremely dangerous to the blind!


   Kathleen Anderson

April 26, 2005 @ 7:05 pm   

Hi Darrell:

Unfortunately, the CAPTCHA schemes offered on this server are not accessible, which is why I’m sticking with this skin.

I did get a tip on how to spam-proof the blogs on this server, which I’ve passed on to the server admin – I’m hoping she’ll be able to implement it.


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