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Hello Community,
I was making a commenting system for my website and i was wondering if it would be a good or bad idea if i just let anyone comment by anyone i mean non members or should i make it so only members can comment?

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Last Post by joshl_1995
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To avoid spam, I definitely recommend some system to prevent bot posting. If registering is easy enough, it won't block bots either.

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As pritaeas has mentioned, bots can easily post comments even if registration is required.

As a cheap and easy method of implementing an anti-spam system (shall stop basic bots but anything more advanced would be able to pass through) you could include a hidden filled which if filled should be rejected. Members of the public won't be able to see this and therefore it won't be filled in however since bots often fill in any field with data regardless it can stop this type of attack.

Another method would be to implement a CAPTCHA system which requires a user to answer a question, or to repeat the words shown in an image. You need to be careful however, these are considered one of the most annoying things on the world wide web, and so logical questions might be better (such as Daniweb uses 'Are You a Human?' and 'Are You a Bot?'.

Good luck!

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Try to have as many REAL users as you can. Basically, always have a way of allowing users to access/operate certain parts of your site if they are a member of your site. Or you can use the above.

(I think I am a bit too confusing.)

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Thanks everyone for the response and good ideas but i was thinking or making it members only but i though people would complain because they won't to comment but not sign up.

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Thanks everyone for the response and good ideas but i was thinking or making it members only but i though people would complain because they won't to comment but not sign up.

No one will complain other than you if you allow non members post... they will spam you.

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