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#201 2020-01-31 20:32:10

jrmartin
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Re: com_connect - form and contact mailer

Yeah, I hadn’t thought about that. Thanks.

I wonder if I should put something on the page about not autofilling.

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#202 2020-01-31 20:42:26

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Re: com_connect - form and contact mailer

While pap_comconnect works, it is a little annoying: if you have explicitly defined ‘phone’ and/or ‘mail’ fields in your form, you’ll probably get bounced.

I was thinking it might be better to use less-likely-to-be-used-for-real field names, or make the names configurable by exposing the plugin as a public tag. Default to a couple of form-ish sounding field names (so it’s not obvious that they’re fake) but allow you to change them if you need.


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#203 2020-02-01 05:12:11

Pat64
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Re: com_connect - form and contact mailer

Exact Stef!

That’s the reason why I changed these 2 fields by: date (date type) and place (text type) into the plugin.


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#204 2020-02-01 06:33:12

colak
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Re: com_connect - form and contact mailer

pap_comconnect reduced the spam i receive dramatically. Also i am kind of glad that the spam that comes through is sent by actual people, who I imagine they are trying to make ends meet. As such, by separating the boys from the bots, we are creating paid jobs.

If you think that the pap_comconnect fields could be configurable, I would still keep them invisible but have them named by admins in the plugin’s preferences. This is the first time the issue has come up. The other way is to have a help file stating the names of the fields and warning users to to use them in their actual fields.

> Edit. I added the names of the fields pap_comconnect uses in the plugin’s help with a warning not to use them.

# Name: pap_comconnect v0.1.2 (compressed)
# Type: Public plugin
# Prevent Spam through com_connect
# Author: tranquillo and Stef
# URL: https://forum.textpattern.io/viewtopic.php?pid=312784#p312784
# Recommended load order: 5

# .....................................................................
# This is a plugin for Textpattern CMS - http://textpattern.com/
# To install: textpattern > admin > plugins
# Paste the following text into the 'Install plugin' box:
# .....................................................................

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Last edited by colak (2020-02-01 06:56:38)


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#205 2020-02-01 07:11:43

phiw13
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Registered: 2004-02-27
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Re: com_connect - form and contact mailer

jrmartin wrote #321454:

I had been trying to send a message by using autofill to enter the names and email address.

Interesting. When I use autofill (with Safari), i do not have that issue; can’t test with Firefox though as it does not “know” me and it does not read the macOS data (my ‘me’ card in particular).

colak wrote #321461:

[…] As such, by separating the boys from the bots, we are creating paid jobs.

hmmm that is definitely not an argument i would make in favour of the plugin. Ever seen the inside one of those manual “bot” factories? It is about as bad as the English 19th century textile factories

If you think that the pap_comconnect fields could be configurable, I would still keep them invisible but have them named by admins in the preferences.

Yes.

The other way is to have a help file stating the names of the fields and warning users to to use them in their actual fields.

That is already a step forward. (I actually always use tel and email by habit I think, or maybe it is a Japanese tradition ?).

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#206 2020-02-01 07:45:49

jakob
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Re: com_connect - form and contact mailer

I guess the true test is what the bots fill out. It’d be interesting to know what fields are most effective.

I doubt that bots are terribly specific in their market-focus – except maybe in non-latin languages – so cultural convention may play only a secondary role.

What could be a good idea, though, is to set autocomplete="off" for those fields to prevent the browser filling them out: autocomplete docs and support for autocomplete on / off is at least reasonable.


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