Form abuse

design

#1

Hello,
I have been receiving an increasing amount of form submissions from spam engines. Is there any way of avoiding this? Also, I went to forms in the first place to avoid displaying my E-mail on the web page but I do not know of a way to mask my E-mail address from the page’s source code so it can’t be picked up by an engine.
An example of one of the forms I created is at
http://www.frankovic.com/form.htm
Thank you very much for your advice!

Edward


#2

I read in this forum somewhere that we can skip the domain name in forms - just use the part before the @ and it will magically still work - while preventing spammers from picking up the form target address.

I don’t know a way to avoid spammed form submissions though.


TorbenGB


#3

Thank you very much! I have removed the domain from the forms and they still work. Hopefully this will reduce the spam we receive.


#4

Spambots have various methods to check your code. Hiding your email address one way of another would of course help.

I don’t know if this is the best method, but what I do is breaking-up the email by using javascript…

For instance

part1=‘domein’;
part2=‘name.com’;
total =(‘web’ + ‘master’ + ‘@’ + part1 + part2);
document.write(’’ + total + ‘’);

would display a webmaster@domeinname.com mailto link.


#5

…and create accessibility problems for anybody who has disabled JavaScript. That sort of thing is “against my religion”, so to speak.

– Dan


#6

Are you using PHP for your formmail, or another system? The php version available from http://www.lumbroso.com/scripts/ has worked quite well for me, with the added advantage of allowing one to place your email within the formmail script itself, thus not even a hidden field on you submission form…