[openstreetmap/openstreetmap-website] suppress creating accounts by bots/scripts (#1083)

Stefan notifications at github.com
Tue Mar 16 11:52:29 UTC 2021

Currently reports in the german forum for more spam-related activity (https://forum.openstreetmap.org/viewtopic.php?pid=822680#p822680). Captcha could lead to problems for visual impaired people. Other than that, the honey-pot is a nice first solution. 

https://switching.software/replace/google-recaptcha/ and a longer text about why reCaptcha is probably not needed https://nearcyan.com/you-probably-dont-need-recaptcha/ there are also several suggestions for alternatives listed. A simple question+answer field looks like it could work, but its an additional thing everybody has to answer. But this also happens when introducing a Captcha.

Restricting PM for a specific time may help, but is not good for people who register just to create a note and/or want to ask someone legitimate questions.

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