Project Honey Pot
Careful observers to this website may have (but more probably not) discovered a tiny little link on random pages, which includes the main page. The link is there to trap spammers. Spammers of all kinds really, because once email addresses are skimmed, then they’re in the wild, but initially I trap comment spammers along with address harvesters. At the end of this post you can see the spammers and scammers that I’ve help trap so far which means that they’re added to block lists thus saving internet users just a wee bit of trouble.
For me, as a webmaster, it’s no trouble to install and I urge others to do the same. It’s called Project Honey Pot.
How it Works
For your interest, a file is served to a spammer which anyone can view should they click the tiny link. The file is different on each website. It’s actually human readable but is constructed as two columns with no space, plus a few invisible characters. Copying and pasting aren’t straightforward!
In it, are a perfectly readable set of Terms & Conditions which are broadly similar to those on all my websites, except they’re a lot more formal! Buried in this formality is the statement that anyone who uses an email address sourced from this website is liable to a fee of $50!
This is the full content that (usually) only automated bots will find. Enjoy!
And yes, naturally, being a webmaster, I record IP addresses for all visitors for a variety of reasons. Everyone does! Below is my Spam Honey Pot page.