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elammers
VP-ASP Super User

USA
256 Posts

Posted - February 02 2007 :  07:53:05  Show Profile  Visit elammers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I'm curious. I see a trend to add CAPTCHA code to things like the Reviews pages to try to stop the spamming attacks. But what about accessibility issues? Aren't more and more countries creating and enforcing laws to make web sites accessible to everyone?

Maybe I don't understand CAPTCHA very well, but doesn't this tool rely on someone's ability to visually see the code in a graphic. Therefore, aren't we then disabling that feature (submitting a review) for those visually impaired people that use screen readers since they cannot see the graphic and enter the code?



Regards,

Eric in Maine

BILLCAT
Starting Member

USA
40 Posts

Posted - February 02 2007 :  22:30:31  Show Profile  Visit BILLCAT's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Give me a break,

The only reason I made the other posts about Catpcha is because i was trying to finally stop the malicious scripts that have been attacking my site for the past 2 years. These scripts put out by these awfull advertising spammers have no eyes and don't care about content.

It is a better solution than putting up with it and having to manually delete literrally thousands of spam reviews posted on our site, they come in at a rate of hundered per day. As far I know it keeps THINGS LIKE viagra,penis enlargement,gambling, porno sites and the like from advertising for free on my website. I think THIS is better for all us including the visually impaired.

If someone wants to write a review and they are unable to read the code we would be more than happy to add the review for them, contact information is available on all our pages.

Bill

Edited by - BILLCAT on February 02 2007 22:33:24
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Peter
VP-ASP New User

125 Posts

Posted - February 02 2007 :  23:25:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Eric has made a valid point. I assume that this is the reason that some larger sites (such as eBay) have a link to listen an audio version of the code from the graphic, allowing those that can't see it clearly to listen to it instead.
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extremeskillz
VP-ASP New User

USA
94 Posts

Posted - February 09 2007 :  14:52:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What i would like to know is how to put the code into my asp files?
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BILLCAT
Starting Member

USA
40 Posts

Posted - February 09 2007 :  22:54:41  Show Profile  Visit BILLCAT's Homepage  Reply with Quote
GOTO THE FOLLOWING LINK

http://www.vpasp.com/sales/addons600.asp

AND SELECT "CAPTCHA email form validation"

Enter your order # and email and they will send it to you via email within minutes, instructions are included. Remember if you have customized your cart and is now different from the original then it would be best to use a program like winmerge and migrate the changes from the captcha files you get from vpasp to your own files. I mean customized like you have changed the code inside the asp files, not talking about setting features in admin. If you have not customized the code then just copy the files vpasp send you over yours. Always a good idea to backup everything first.

In addition If you only want to add captcha to the reviews area then all you need to update is the shopreviewadd.asp file and the shop$db.asp . Ofcoarse you also need to upload the captcha folder vpasp sends you to your shop folder on the server. If you want captcha to work for all areas like contact us, tell a friend, etc then just do all the files they give you.

** The most important thing to remember is that the captcha will only work with vpasp version 6.093. If you want to wait for version 6.50, VPASP tells me it should be out in a couple of months and Captcha is already built in.

P.S. I am working on the extra code for captcha that will allow a customer to hear the code from their speakers, that way it will allow visually impaired persons to hear the code. That should also satisfy the other users out here that think captcha is wrong for us to use, just because they don't have a spamming problem and have the time to bring it up. The rest of us suffer with endless manual deleted of spam in our reciews. I have had no more spam reviews since i put in captcha.

Bill
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extremeskillz
VP-ASP New User

USA
94 Posts

Posted - February 11 2007 :  11:38:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
im no having issues with spam. But since the reviews is open to basically everyone it seems like a good idea. If 6.50 is coming out soon i will wait. Hopefully i do not have issues with spam until then.
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