[development] Back to Curl-based content generation

Jamie Holly hovercrafter at earthlink.net
Thu Feb 19 14:45:57 UTC 2009

I'm sorry if you felt it an insult, but it is a legitimate concern . The 
reason the "common scripts" you found out there aren't working is not a 
default of Drupal, but rather a feature. That feature helps reduce spam, 
and you are asking the development list of Drupal how to circumvent this 
highly valuable feature.

Perhaps your questions would be better raised in the support area of 
Drupal.org or support mailing list.

Jamie Holly

M. Fioretti wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 19, 2009 08:57:17 AM -0500, Jamie Holly wrote:
> > Request the node/add/{node-type}page. Grep out all the input
> > elements along with their default values...
> OK, thanks.
> > If you are doing this for other sites, then I can only assume it's
> > because they are asking you to (if not then that opens up a whole
> > new debate on ethics).
> Ethics? Are you serious? I have several **real** accounts on several,
> independent Drupal-based websites. **real** meaning "I'm a real,
> honest, regularly registered and approved user on all those websites".
> I must or want add content to all those websites more or less
> regularly, say several times a week.  And in at least one case I also
> need to put online as nodes (without, I repeat, any possibility to
> modify the server setup) lots of already existing text files. And I
> just happen to find a much smarter and more efficient use of my time
> to type in my full-screen, favourite, heavily customized text-editor
> and then launch some "publish-to-drupal-website" script than log in to
> cut-and-paste stuff or click drop-down menus every time.  Period.
> What's wrong with such a wish? Above all, what's ethic got to do with
> this? The only issue may be, in general, if this lessened the income
> from web ads of a site. Rest assured this is not an issue for any of
> the websites where I need to do this. I perfectly know how bad it is
> for websites, I even publicly wrote about it 7 years ago
> (http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/5623). So don't worry, ethics is
> perfectly safe here.
> Incidentally, this is not the first, more or less explicit "why are
> you asking us help on how to spam drupal websites" kind of answer I've
> got in this thread, and it's starting to be offensive, both for me and
> for you Drupal developers. I write online for a living: would I be so
> idiot to mess my reputation in such a way? Even if I didn't write, if
> I were a spammer, would I be so idiot to come here with my real name
> to ask? If I were a spammer I would have already made all of this work
> without ****ever**** asking in public, because I'd have had a much
> more powerful incentive to spend days and nights making spambots work
> without letting everybody know about it.
> > If that's the case then can't you simple ask them to install a
> > module for this, even if it's as simple as activating the BlogAPI
> > module?
> because some of those websites don't give a damn if I add content via
> browser, voodoo spells or anything in between, but simply won't change
> their default configuration for me. Sure, this is my problem only, it's just that it's tiring to repeat it many times. No problem, however.
> Marco

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