At Londonvasion 2008 I delivered a talk about various anti-spam techniques available for board owners. One of the challenges that is facing board owners today is that spammers are getting more creative at masking their true intentions. They post stuff that looks like legitimate content but it contains cunningly masked spam. Unless a board owner takes the time to research the rest of the web, it can be difficult to determine if the same content is appearing on other boards.
That’s where a service like AKismet (for Wordpress) or bbProtection (for bulletin boards) comes in. The bbProtection service started in 2006, and it showed a lot of promise. Like any new effort there were bumps along the way, including some concerns about privacy rights and poison pills and other issues. The folks behind bbProtection revised some of their methods made improvements based on public feedback, but ultimately (and unfortunately in my opinion) folded in 2007 due to time constraints.
Fast forward to Londonvasion 2008… After my anti-spam talk I had an interesting conversation with Mark Barnes (MarkTheDaemon). He was one of the principals behind the original effort, and he along with some of the other original team are determined to bring the service back. In fact, here is what the site looks like today.
I’ve had several conversations with Mark and Vic D’Elfant (another one of the original principals) over the past weeks about the service. I am encouraged by what I’ve learned, and look forward to the relaunch of the service. Based on their current site if you have any interest in this area and have some time to dedicate you should contact them at the email address provided and see what you can do to help.