[Haskell-cafe] Re: Haskell-Wiki Account registration

Joe Fredette jfredett at gmail.com
Thu Mar 12 23:03:50 EDT 2009

As long as one is implementing a CAPTCHA, the "reCAPTCHA" [1] is my 
humble suggestion, I have no idea how the haskellwiki is implemented or 
how easy this is to implement, but I imagine it couldn't be _that_ hard.


[1] http://recaptcha.net/

Benjamin L.Russell wrote:
> On Thu, 12 Mar 2009 17:31:49 +0100 (CET), Henning Thielemann
> <lemming at henning-thielemann.de> wrote:
>> How long will the Wiki account registration be disabled? Would it be 
>> possible to ask a question, that real Haskellers could easily answer, but 
>> a spambot cannot? E.g. "What's Haskell's surname?"
> Indeed.  Disabling Wiki account registration indefinitely, and not
> replacing it by at least some form of automatic registration, risks
> allowing outsiders to think that the HaskellWiki is somehow run by
> some "clique," which I'm sure is not the case.  Automating the process
> removes most of the risk of this misimpression.
> Why not ask new users to identify letters in a random bitmapped image
> of a string, as is commonly done?  Then any new user who still
> registers and starts submitting spam can be tracked and moderated.
> -- Benjamin L. Russell
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