[Web4lib] web forms

Pat Rapp prapp at mcls.rochester.lib.ny.us
Fri Aug 8 10:31:44 EDT 2008

Funny this should come up. We use web forms specifically to keep our email
addresses off the web, in an effort to avoid spam.
In the past couple of days, our library board president has been getting
spammed through the web form (which I had thought was not possible.)
If you could forward me that php script, too, I'd really appreciate it!

Pat Rapp

Pat Rapp
Fairport Public Library
prapp at libraryweb.org
585-223-3648 ext. 28
SL: Rebekah Cavan

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:web4lib-bounces at webjunction.org] On Behalf Of Robin Hastings
Sent: Friday, August 08, 2008 10:24 AM
To: web4lib at webjunction.org
Subject: Re: [Web4lib] web forms

On Fri, Aug 8, 2008 at 8:49 AM, Kerry Sullivan <kerryasullivan at gmail.com>
> I have little to no control over our web presence anymore, but we 
> recently experienced a massive spamming of all of our online forms for 
> the entire organization.  We received thousands of emails overnight 
> from multiple forms.  We have since disabled our forms and our web 
> programmer is working on creating the forms in Flash.  He is extremely 
> backed up and has not made much progress and in the meantime our users do
> I have noticed that there are a number of libraries' websites that 
> have these forms.  How do they have them hanging out there and not get 
> spammed like we did?  What are we doing wrong?  I welcome any 
> suggestions or shared frustration from a similar experience.
> Thank you,
> Kerry

Do you all have a web programming language (like PHP or ASP) installed? If
you have PHP, I have a nifty little script that processes the form and
checks it for spam. We still get some spam, but we don't get any of the big
storms you write about and nobody uses our forms for mail relay stations,
either. Let me know, and I'll get you the code - it's pretty short and

Robin Hastings
robin.hastings at gmail.com

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