[RFC] Contact Page

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Re: [RFC] Contact Page

Post by DavidIQ » Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:59 pm

I'll quote myself regarding this very issue:
DavidIQ wrote:I get some spam through the one I have on my site but it is actually pretty rare and is mostly just SEO junk. The "CAPTCHA" I have is just an old logo I used to have on my site. I don't think spammers are very interested in spamming just one person. That would be useless to them and to their purpose in life.
I think if we displayed the basic image CAPTCHA it would be fine or maybe not even display a CAPTCHA at all. On phpbb.com we have a form for suggesting sites and we receive spam once maybe twice a week and sometimes every other week. It's not that big of an issue...besides it's the administrator receiving the message anyways though we could also give the option of posting the contact request to a selected forum.
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Re: [RFC] Contact Page

Post by callumacrae » Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:31 pm

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I would be against the use of a CAPTCHA on the contact form, but I am also against a completely open contact form.

Another approach would be to fill the form action using JavaScript. It would need to be pretty clever so that spammers couldn't just regex the page to find the URL, so I'm not sure how that would work.

To the JS haters: I'm very happy to cut out 0.02% of the market share (number from a previous thread) in order to stop a potentially rather large amount of spam.
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Re: [RFC] Contact Page

Post by EXreaction » Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:32 pm

Bots can render javascript anyways...

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Re: [RFC] Contact Page

Post by callumacrae » Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:34 pm

It slows them down enormously (plus the majority of them do not, yet).
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Re: [RFC] Contact Page

Post by Pony99CA » Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:56 pm

Besides allowing users to contact the admin, I would strongly suggest ensuring that this page could be used for the German Imprint page and the COPPA contact information.

And, given the cookie notice RFC, I would also suggest putting these settings (and possibly the board's copyright notice) on a new "Legal Settings" page.

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Re: [RFC] Contact Page

Post by Oleg » Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:29 am

Please don't mix RFCs, thanks. Contact page is for contacting administrators.

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Re: [RFC] Contact Page

Post by Pony99CA » Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:43 am

Oleg wrote:Please don't mix RFCs, thanks. Contact page is for contacting administrators.
The German Imprint law is basically contact information, too. Given that many board administrators are also the "official" contact for the board, I felt they were somewhat related (or else I wouldn't have posted here). Besides, the topic is called "Contact Page", not "Contact Administrator Page". ;)

However, I'm in the process of writing a Legal Settings Page RFC, so I'll edit this with a link when it's done. (UPDATE: It's done.)

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Re: [RFC] Contact Page

Post by bantu » Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:32 pm

naderman wrote:The whole point of the contact page form is to no longer display the email address, but only offer a form instead. [...] Having this form unprotected is no worse than the current situation where the email address is publically visible on the registration page.
There is the following difference: The mail server sending the mail to the board administrator is different. This may or may not have an effect on spam handling.
Pony99CA wrote:Besides allowing users to contact the admin, I would strongly suggest ensuring that this page could be used for the German Imprint page and the COPPA contact information.

And, given the cookie notice RFC, I would also suggest putting these settings (and possibly the board's copyright notice) on a new "Legal Settings" page.

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Oleg wrote:Please don't mix RFCs, thanks. Contact page is for contacting administrators.
At least the ticket description covers that too: http://tracker.phpbb.com/browse/PHPBB3-10073

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Re: [RFC] Contact Page

Post by Alien_Time » Sat Apr 06, 2013 3:58 am

Why cant you just integrate RMcGirr's Contact board administrators mod? I have been using it on my board and it works perfect. It might just need to be updated for 3.1 maybe.

https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/mod/ ... istration/

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Re: [RFC] Contact Page

Post by keith10456 » Sun Apr 07, 2013 4:36 pm

Alien_Time wrote:Why cant you just integrate RMcGirr's Contact board administrators mod? I have been using it on my board and it works perfect. It might just need to be updated for 3.1 maybe.

https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/mod/ ... istration/

Like you I've been using this mod for a while and it's great!

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