[EM] Electorama wiki requires login to view????

Kristofer Munsterhjelm km_elmet at lavabit.com
Thu Jun 13 00:10:36 PDT 2013

On 06/12/2013 05:29 PM, Jameson Quinn wrote:
> I think we could have plenty of question captchas of the form:
>   * What letters are missing in "E_ecto_ama" (in order, no spaces)?
>   * What letters are missing in "Gibba_d-Satterth_aite
>     <http://wiki.electorama.com/wiki/Gibbard-Satterthwaite_theorem>" (in
>     order, no spaces)?
> etc. (Note the link in the second question)
> Obviously a programmer could figure out how to defeat this pretty
> easily, but it would discourage a "just answer all the questions
> exhaustively" strategy.
> If you'd like me to make a program that gives a long list of such
> questions (including links), I would be happy to do so.

I think that one should try using a general-purpose captcha (like 
Recaptcha) first. If the spammers are just "drive-by spammers", as it 
were, they'll pick another target. But if the spammers have decided to 
spam Electorama, and so using a general-purpose captcha doesn't work, 
then we can try using a more special one.

The advantage of using a general-purpose one is that most users are 
familiar with it. Thus, there would be a lower barrier non-robots.

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