Fairly basic honeypot anti-spam measure
44061898 — Paul (hxii) Glushak a month ago
Fixed empty UA string error
e2b88d9c — Paul (hxii) Glushak a month ago
Added payload to log and filtering; Log and rule files are easier to change
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You can also use your local clone with git send-email.

#Simple Anti-Spam by hxii


On my website I use FormSubmit.io in order to allow readers to get in touch with me without disclosing my email address. Lately I've noticed that despite FormSubmit having some sort of anti-spam measures, I am still getting trash to my email inbox. I figured these must be bots, so I decided to make a somewhat simple honeypot solution to try and address this issue.

Note: Use this code at your own risk. I am currently still testing whether this actually works (it did work in testing) and whether it's effective. If you've got any ideas how it could be improved, let me know!


**form.html** is a fairly simple contact form that uses redirector.php as the action: <form id="contactform" action="/redirector.php" method="POST"> It contains two honeypot fields (in my use-case) of two different types:

  • A type=hidden field: <input name="email" id="email" type="hidden" value="">
  • A regular type=text field that is hidden with CSS: <input name="name" id="name" type="text" autocomplete="off" style="opacity:0;position:absolute;z-index:-1;top:0;left:0;height:0;width:0" tabindex="-1">

**redirector.php** checks if the current visitor is already banned from sending forms, bans them if honeypot fields are triggerred, forwards the request to FormSubmit and shows an error message.

**formspam.php** contains all the logic.


  • You will probably want to restrict access to both log.txt and rules.txt any way you choose, e.g. placing the files outside of htdocs.
  • Each infraction is logged, and returns the visitor a reference ID which you can find in the log along with the visitor details and the rule that lead to the ban.
  • This code is most likely incomplete, and can be improved in many ways. If you think of something - let me know!