This works in conjunction with the comments plugin and allows you to significantly reduce comment spam by adding a “I am human” checkbox to your form. Any comments that aren’t “from a human” get rejected immediately.
This shouldn’t be the only way you reduce comment spam. It’s probably not useful to everyone, but would be useful to some people as a quick way of catching some of the comment spam they’re getting.
Usually this works for a while, then spam starts coming in again. At that point, I change the nonhuman_name config.py variable value and I stop getting comment spam.
Requires the comments plugin.
This plugin comes with Pyblosxom. To install, do the following:
For setup, copy the plugin to your plugins directory and add it to your load_plugins list in your config.py file.
Then add the following item to your config.py (this defaults to “iamhuman”):
py["nonhuman_name"] = "iamhuman"
Then add the following to your comment-form template just above the submit button (make sure to match the input name to your configured input name):
<input type="checkbox" name="iamhuman" value="yes"> Yes, I am human!
Alternatively, if you set the nonhuman_name property, then you should do this:
<input type="checkbox" name="$(nonhuman_name)" value="yes"> Yes, I am human!
Additionally, the nonhuman plugin can log when it rejected a comment. This is good for statistical purposes. 1 if “yes, I want to log” and 0 (default) if “no, i don’t want to log”. Example:
py["nonhuman_log"] = 1
And that’s it!
The idea came from:
Plugin is distributed under license: MIT