Topic: Try Again, Spambots
Wow, the spambots have made over 1200 posts in recent weeks while I've been working on other things. I guess it's time to do something about them. I've created six lines of code that I think will stop over 99% of it (unless they can adapt like the Borg). Then maybe we can start having fun with them. I do have a history of playing with the people who run nefarious bots on my websites. When I coded my lost web server, I noticed bots looking for vulnerabilities to hack, so I had the server send them explicit material that is legal here but illegal there instead of sending 404 errors. This way, they had to check to see what the results are, and they end up with files that get them in trouble with their government or boss, or they get distracted, or they become frustrated because I'm sending binary data instead of the text they expected, and it screws up their logs. Either way, I'm laughing.