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Should PM.com use a captcha code to stop spammers?
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If forum members had to enter a Captcha Code before publishing any question, answer, comment, article etc, we might get rid of these annoying spammers.
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It certainly couldn't hurt. My favorite Linkedin groups were made unendurable by spammers, and I don't want to see the same thing happen here.
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Sante, this would be a good first step. But also an intelligent system that perceives abnormal patterns and block IP’s can also be in the real of possibilities.
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1 reply by Sante Vergini
Nov 27, 2017 4:00 PM
Sante Vergini
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Agreed Ivan
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Agree with Sante
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Good point Sante. That Captcha Code would make it more challenging for the spammer.
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Where do I have to sign? :)
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There's a lot that can be done. Captcha, profile requirements, underlying site security, etc. Just needs to be implemented. It's all out there. There are no new trails we're forging here. Basic stuff ...
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2 replies by Markus Klein, PMP and Sante Vergini
Nov 27, 2017 9:09 AM
Markus Klein, PMP
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Nov 27, 2017 4:05 PM
Sante Vergini
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Yes Andrew, they just need to flick the switch so to speak.
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Actually, it could hurt. Captchas work because they force the user to do someting. Some captchas are more involved than others.

It would be prudent to make sure the level of security does not push away people due to inconvenience. (Think of airport security...)
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1 reply by Sante Vergini
Nov 27, 2017 4:08 PM
Sante Vergini
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Stéphane, most entries on this website require something akin to "Are you sure you want to...". Perhaos the captcha could be incorporated in the same window. Kind of a half step.
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Nov 27, 2017 8:11 AM
Replying to Andrew Craig
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There's a lot that can be done. Captcha, profile requirements, underlying site security, etc. Just needs to be implemented. It's all out there. There are no new trails we're forging here. Basic stuff ...
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Hi everyone,

Thank you all very much for your concern. We were hit very hard and caught off guard by spammers over the US Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Captcha is implemented, however, those who have been on the site and participating for a significant amount of time may not see it. This includes most of you here. While captcha can slow down a spammer, it does not stop them from posting entirely. Additionally, we moderate the site regularly, have site security that allows us to catch them as quickly as possible, and other measures are in place that help us keep the community enjoyable for all users.

The last thing we want to do is lock our system down to the point where using it is an unnecessary burden on legitimate project managers. However, recent events demand that we keep evolving as spammers find new ways to enter the community. With that said, we are making some changes as a result of this latest onslaught.

Thanks for all your help in reporting spam and caring about the health of our platform!
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1 reply by Sante Vergini
Nov 27, 2017 4:25 PM
Sante Vergini
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Thanks for the update Marjorie, and look forward to the changes.
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Marjorie, thank you for responding. As you are I'm sure aware, we are very committed to this community. And we only want the best. I'm sure that all of us would be more than happy to be part of a user committee to help in any way we can.
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