Re: [openstreetmap/openstreetmap-website] Added basic working honeypot via gem. This should stop some but not a… (#1200)
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This adds a hidden field to the sign up form. If the form is filled in then it was likely filled in by a bot since it is not visible and clearly labeled 'Do not fill out' for accessibility purposes.
Although this isn't your standard captcha, the acronym CAPTCHA stands for "Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart" which fits the bill here if we are defining turing test as a behavioral test where a response indicates the presence of a human. However, unlike the typical captcha it does not increase form tedium/complexity.
I can't speak to weather these are truly bots. They do look like it to me from the user names found in issue #1083. How are you determining that these users cited in the issue are real live humans?
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