website thingies

I just installed the 2.0.2 update to WordPress, and I’ve installed “Did you pass math?” which is supposed to help block spam.

Basically, it’s supposed to ask a simple math question, on the assumption that spam bots will fail the test.

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12 Responses to website thingies

  1. Bill (testing) says:

    testing again

  2. Bill (testing) says:

    testing a third time… previous annon test got caught in moderation (good thing), now let’s see if it will let me post anon after one successful comment

  3. Bill (testing) says:

    apparently, you do have to pass math to be able to comment now… Good!

  4. Naeem Chaudhry says:

    My math degree put to good use!

  5. Andy says:

    Yea! I can add!

  6. Bill says:

    And on the very up side, no spam this morning for me to moderate!

    Woohoo!

  7. caltechgirl says:

    hey! I know math too!

  8. But i became an art major to avoid math!

  9. Bill says:

    Just be glad I didn’t put a trig problem, or a calc problem… at least these all entail real numbers.

    How about y= Integral (x^2+3x)dx from X=4 to x=6

    Give me the number answer to that in your next comment….

  10. Dave says:

    242/3. 🙂

    Have you heard of anyone updating this plugin to include other operations (subtraction and multiplication, for instance… not necessarily integration)?

  11. Bill says:

    Dave,

    No I haven’t. I’ve only had one known instance of spam getting past this, and it was a pretty obvious to the eye instance. What I think it was, though I haven’t confirmed it, was the question being “0+0 =”, and if the form was left blank, the plugin assumed 0. That’s a guess on my part, not fact, but I’m pretty happy with the plugin as is.

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