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Bots

SEPTEMBER 19, 2022


Bot

09/19/22 07:30 AM

Well, the more I build in PHP, the more I learn about why things are the way they are. I'm talking about those crazy messages to which I have to respond to prove I'm not a 'bot' or anything like that.

I chose to do sort of the opposite. If someone doesn't leave their name, then I don't send an email to my account. If someone does, then I send the email notification.

A bot can't leave it's name so I shouldn't get emails unless someone really created a message and left their name to confirm who sent it. Of course if someone leaves a message but doesn't leave their name, then I won't be notified.

That's the downside of what I'm having to do to avoid the 'bot' problem.

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09/19/22 07:55 AM

Well, it just hit me that a comment is required and if comment is blank, then the visit has to be from a bot (or someone who only visited but didn't leave a comment or a name.) Either way, that works better.

So, I'm checking to see if a comment was left (since it is a required field.) If none was left, then send no email because it must have been a bot. If a comment was entered, then it's not a bot and I send an email to my account.


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