The automated kind. These bozos send spambots scouring the Web for contact forms (like mine) — these usually send emails to concealed contact addresses — then the bots use them to automatically send commercial messages (aka spam!). If you do this, I believe I speak for every site owner when I say, “ef you.”
I fight this effectively using captcha tech, those “human tests” that are now pretty ubiquitous on these forms, If you didn’t know why you keep seeing them, now you know. I’ve integrated Google’s reCAPTCHA for that. Highly recommended.
The problem with captcha, though is that it’s an extra step or hurdle between your users and you. The less of those there are, obviously, the better. And, of course, it’s yet another technical layer that could break and cause problems for you and some users. The less of those there are yada yada…
Here’s a new alternative offered by a friend of mine, master website software developer William Bontrager:
It works, no captcha layer needed! Using its forms on your site basically leaves no technical signature that spambots can detect. In other words, they’re invisible to spambots. As William said, “They can’t spam you if they don’t know you exist.”
New and currently free. I think “premium” features are in the works, but I’m pretty sure a basic free version will always be available, and knowing William it’ll have more than enough oomph to do the job and keep those spamming bastards at bay.
Well, enough about my white hot burning hatred for spam. Enjoy today’s selection!