> after careful consideration, Roy Schestowitz wrote in alt.www.webmaster
>> bof wrote:
>>> My site's guestbook spam has gone from trickle to annoying recently.
>>> I'd assumed it was bots doing the sending as the spam is always sent
>>> twice. Anyone know how the bots find the form fields? I've tried
>>> entity coding out key words such as 'guest' and 'comment' but they
>>> still find the right fields; is it bots or people?
>> They probably hop directly onto the function which files the form when
>> you press submit. Therefore, changing the layout of the form will not
>> help. The URL name helps then spammers find targets as well as Web
>> searches for 'guestbook'. I don't know what Guestbook package you use,
>> but have a look at my notes:
>> I used to get spammed every day. Ever since I made the transition 2
>> months ago, I haven't received any spam at all (neither did I receive
>> genuine entries because the page is embedded deep inside the site).
> Thanks for the URL, Roy. A friend of mine is using advanced guestbook and
> having spam problems. Hopefully this will straighten things out for her.
Make sure she ignores my tweaks and directly downloads the variant
(improvement/fix) of Advanced Guestbook. Carbonize sent it to me by E-mail.
It can simply replace the older installation and there are no apparent
inconsistencies involved in the upgrade.
Roy S. Schestowitz