Re: [openstreetmap/openstreetmap-website] Added basic working honeypot via gem. This should stop some but not a… (#1200)

Tom Hughes notifications at
Sun Apr 10 19:20:00 UTC 2016

Well the ones listed in #1083 may be from a bot, but they're also largely harmless as they're never actually done anything - no spammy diary entries, no spammy user descriptions, no edits.

My experience of dealing with actual problem accounts that post spammy descriptions or diaries is that they often appear to have a real human behind them. Sometimes they even email me complaining about their account getting suspended!

My main concerns here are that the them gem you're using is quite intrusive in that it monkey patches rails, which may lead to problems when upgrading to new rails versions, and that I'm worried about the assumptions it makes about what browsers will do... Experience tell me that browsers will send all sorts of daft responses to supposedly empty fields.

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