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    Marketing Mistress Lectrickitty's Avatar
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    Guestbook Spam, how can I keep it out?
    None in 7 years, now suddenly I'm getting 4 or 5 per day in my guestbook.

    It's automated because they post in the first line that enables the user to post (user name box), the message box is left empty. It's a waste of time for them to hit my guestbook because only the first few words of their shows up; but it's time consuming to sign in several times a day to delete the garbage.

    Is there a code that will ban them? I'm thinking maybe a robots file to ban all bots from the guestbook addy. Has anyone had any luck doing that?

    Has this happened to you?
    How did you handle it?
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    I had a guestbook on one site since the mid-90s. I ended up taking the guestbook down sometime about 4 years ago. Between the spammers, people posting inappropriate stuff, and the concerns about people's email addresses being harvested, I just didn't see the point.

    A relative of mine put up a site a couple years ago. It has a guestbook. I just took a look. The first eight entries are legitimate. The other 1000 or so are from spammers. Sigh.

    One solution would be to moderate all guestbook entries.

    Another solution would be to require a Captcha entry to submit.

    Banning bots probably wouldn't be effective, as they probably don't obey robots.txt.

    Banning IP addresses might work, but could be time-consuming to police as other spammers find your guestbook or if spammers use proxies.

    You could also disable links in guestbook entries. They're not much use to spammers without links.
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    Thanks Michael,

    I guess I'll keep cleaning it out daily. It's a genealogy site and many of the entries have valuable research information. I don't want to pull it down.

    In the meantime, I'll be looking for a better guestbook program.
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    Mine is 100% moderated, and if the posts have pill, porn, gambling sites, or ANY html, they get filtered right out and I know nothing about them
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    A bit late and a little bit of shameless self-promotion , but I wrote (and continuosly develop) a PHP guestbook script that does a quite good job in detecting and removing spam automatically without having to manually read and approve all posts. It's free (no ads except a link to my site, no adware/spyware or anything like that) and you can get it from
    http://www.phpjunkyard.com/php-guestbook-script.php

    From user feedback and self testing I can say it reduces SPAM to a minimum, for example it blocks about 200 SPAM posts from the demo script DAILY. A new version with some improvements should be out shortly, but the current one is also very effective.

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    Try using http://www.protectwebform.com/
    Works great. It is a captcha service.

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