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Anti-Spam System

A topic by Atom created May 28, 2016 Views: 240 Replies: 1
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This is something that could've been put into the Forum Suggestions thread as it would affect other parts of the site as well (comment boxes, dedicated forums on here) as well the general prevalence of the issue I felt giving this suggestion its own thread would be more appropriate.

Itch.io is an extremely open distribution platform and community, the most open one around - and that's good. However this openness has sadly been exploited very heavily by spambots due to the lack of anti-spam system. Most of these are simply advertising their service or site which is benign but still somewhat annoying. Some of these posts however are venturing further out and are even offering illegal services - the latest spam post I noticed on here for example is selling fake documents and counterfeit money. (Link to said post)

What I'm suggesting is an anti-spam system that stops spambots in their tracks during sign-up. Something like a CAPTCHA would be good, or Google's reCAPTCHA system which is even better (reCAPTCHA just involves clicking a checkbox rather than typing in blurry/distorted words.)

This has been successful on many other sites and it should be successful here as well.


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Spam and exploit attempts are bound to rise given the sites increasing popularity, in the long term this will likely become more of an issue . The only thing I would add to this suggestion would be to also include Audio Captcha's for the visually impared, there have been a few instances where they've been excluded because no method for hearing a captcha was implemented.

Something else to consider though is that there have been some groups, operating out of India for example, that pay people to bypass captcha's to post spam. I beleive tigsource also uses a series of community questions to thwart drive-by posters who don't at least spend a little time getting familiar with the indie scene and the community.