check_nonhuman - Rejects non-human comments....


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 variable value and I stop getting comment spam.


Requires the comments plugin.

This plugin comes with Pyblosxom. To install, do the following:

  1. Add Pyblosxom.plugins.check_nonhuman to the load_plugins list in your file.
  2. Configure as documented below.


For setup, copy the plugin to your plugins directory and add it to your load_plugins list in your file.

Then add the following item to your (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

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