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The Searchblog Human Detector

By - November 02, 2006

Due to the spam issues I reported on earlier, we’ve added a “human detector” to comments. This is a test, please do let me know what you think. I hope it won’t mean fewer comments…but I do hope it will mean fewer shiny trans gender fetish spams….

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  • ~ SearcH EngineS WeB ~

    This is a very logical & pratical defence — and certainly does not inconvenience the repliers in any significant way….

    That’s not to say that Search Engines WEB is in fact human — – but a reliable and relevant commenter, nonetheless.

  • SorenG

    Just trying this out, seeing if I pass as a human.

  • Michael

    OK – I’m in. I’m so sick of comment and trackback spam, I’ve tightened up the spam threshold to where I get nothing legitimate anymore . . .

  • Michael Hampton

    Comments seem to work, but the trackback I sent you earlier today is completely missing, even though my blog confirms you received it. :(

  • Scot Hacker

    Looking into the Trackback issue now. For anyone interested, this is the TinyTuring plugin for Movable Type by Kevin Shay.

  • Scott Johnson

    I like human detectors like this that are simple. Those CAPTCHAs are often very difficult to read. This is an excellent solution.

  • Dave Taylor

    I completely support this change, John, and find that this sort of thing is darn easy compared to some of the more byzantine solutions out there (like “register for our site before you can leave a comment”). Mine’s a bit tougher, actually, I actually ask people to add two two-digit numbers and produce the result. I figure it also serves as an intelligence test! :-)

  • Scot Hacker

    Michael – Did you by chance send the TrackBack from a WordPress blog? Just did some testing and reading, and it looks like MT does not pick up pings sent from WP blogs for some reason. This is unrelated to TinyTuring.

  • wilbur

    shiny plastic bondage spam!

    I’m just seeing if i pass as a non-human


  • Fish

    Just testing. Read Scot’s posting about this problem. He rules.

  • Li Evans

    and here we all thought you secretly liked that type of “gear” ;)

    hope the spam catcher is working!

    love what you’re writing about too :)

  • Google SEO Tips

    Just testing if your human detector let me go in !!

  • Garbage

    This human detector is useless. If I write my real name and site it does not allow me to post comment, but if I write something rubbish it allows me. strange !

  • http://www, Google Success

    Well, the human detector always comes with an error – ‘Comments not received’. Now let me see if it works this time if I sign in through typepad.