[drupal-devel] Dealing with spam (was rel=nofollow)
dries at buytaert.net
Thu Jan 20 10:18:16 UTC 2005
Chris Messina wrote:
> 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
Aren't "bayesian filtering", "black listing" and "captcha" examples of
solutions that are _already_ available in most CMS platforms?
Programmatically it is nearly impossible to cooperate: we use different
database abstraction layers, a different comment system, different
coding standards, different permission schemes, etc, etc.
What is of interest to us are algorithmic descriptions of anti-spam
solutions and experience reports. However these are _intensively_ being
researched by governments, academia and the industry. Their research
results are often published for all to implement and use. Random
In fact, Drupal's spam module and Wordpress' spam plugin exist because
we have access to such information/results. Most of the time, it simply
boils down to implementing published algorithms/techniques.
Furthermore, Drupal's and Wordpress' modules being released under terms
of the GPL, are available for others OSS projects to copy, change,
improve and distribute. If other projects are interested in our
anti-spam code, they can and will use it. If developers want to
cooperate or learn from each other, they can and will. With or without
establishing a /formal/ entity.
That said, the more we can co-operate to fight spam, the better. I'm
just not sure how it would work, or whether it would be successful.
Dries Buytaert :: http://www.buytaert.net/
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