Due to the ungodly amount of spam we receive at Canadian Atheist, I’ve decided to start using Google reCAPTCHA on all our contact forms.
You’ve probably seen a reCAPTCHA before. It’s one of these things:
You can actually see it in action on our contact page.
Google uses some tricks to only actually test you if you’re “suspicious”. Otherwise, you click the checkbox, and it just gives you the green check mark without a fuss.
I realize that this isn’t ideal, for a few reasons:
- CAPTCHAs in general create barriers for access.
- There is a privacy concern as some of your personal data is being sent to Google.
However, something must be done to deal with the amount of spam we get. Legitimate messages are getting lost in cacophony.
In the meantime, this should help significantly with controlling the volume of junk mail we receive. And that in turn means it will be much easier for us to notice legitimate messages, and respond to them.