[drupal-devel] Dealing with spam (was rel=nofollow)

Chris Messina chris.messina at gmail.com
Thu Jan 20 07:46:10 UTC 2005

I would like to go out on a limb and propose that we coordinate an
effort to create an open source anti-spam solution that can easily be
ported to the various OS CRM/Blog platforms, is centrally coordinated
(possibly by Drupal, but it really doesn't matter who takes it) and
provides best practices and avoidance techniques for website

I know that this is going to perceived as just talk or a pipedream (I
have no idea how this would practically get done programmatically) but
I think that we need to consider how the open source community can, as
a whole, combat the spam issue. If we can somehow innovate on this, we
would gain both political clout and a reputation for ourselves as far
as working together to solve big problems (Google did it, but with a
focus on protecting its Blogger and search businesses).

Here are the projects that I think we should try and get on board:

* WordPress (I'll email Matt about this)
* TextPattern
* Xaraya
* phpBB

The goal of this effort is multifold.... Cut down on spam (duh);
create a unified effort to combat this project; develop consistent UIs
and module behaviors (email alerts, etc) for open source anti-spam
solutions; show the power of the open source community and its ability
to work together to solve shared problems.

Anyway, I know some folks who would be interested in participating in
this, so I just need to know what you guys think and if there's any
support for this within the Drupal community.

Looking forward to your feedback.


On Wed, 19 Jan 2005 14:21:23 +0100, Bèr Kessels <berdrupal at tiscali.be> wrote:
> Op woensdag 19 januari 2005 13:57, schreef Jeremy Andrews:
> >  Specifically, I'll provide
> > the option to relate one or more actions with each filter type.
> Have a look at actions.module. IT is quite new, and made for cases like this:
> Adding actions trought a frontend.
> --
> Regards,
>  Bèr
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>  [ Bèr Kessels | Drupal services www.webschuur.com ]

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