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Re: [vox] spam control: send email to confirm



On Mon 23 Jun 03, 12:28 PM, Richard Burkhart <richard@khanfusion.net> said:
> 
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: vox-admin@lists.lugod.org [mailto:vox-admin@lists.lugod.org]On
> > Behalf Of Rod Roark
> > Sent: Monday, June 23, 2003 11:58 AM
> > To: vox@lists.lugod.org
> > Subject: Re: [vox] spam control: send email to confirm
> >
> >
> > Well, what it should do is require a reply that only a
> > human could easily produce.  For example ask them to
> > reply with a word depicted in a graphic image.
> 
> While in general that's a pretty good way to run things -- it makes things
> difficult when the person doing the reply-to-a-graphic-image is (for
> example) blind.
> 
> I bring that up because it was a topic of discussion yesterday ... as I was
> talking to a buddy of mine who IS blind, and was tired of calling his
> roommate over to help him make it through those website forms that his
> text-to-speech translator couldn't handle.  When the roommate's not there,
> he's kind of stuck -- since asking his guide dog for help only gets his face
> licked.  But then again, she might just be begging for more food.
> 
> Some sites will have an ADA-alternative ... choose that link, and instead of
> a graphic, it'll send out a WAV file with the word-to-reply-with.
> 
> Any other methods out there?

how about:

reply to this email with a one word response which should be either
"true" or "false":

true or false: spammers are scumm of the earth.

then just search for /\wtrue\w/, (or whatever the whitespace regex is for
perl).

pete

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