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  1. #1
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    Is there a contact form that does not use email?

    One that would just store messages would work fine for me and that would eliminate programs that use the forms for spam. (I hope)

    I did a search on sourceforge and after reading the details they seem to assume that all contact forms use email.

    And just a mostly unrelated note, I did a search on wikipedia for add-on domains and found hardly any info, just a 10 line stub article with an invitation for people to add to it. Any one from this forum looking for a bigger audience?

    And I like this smiley, http://www.webhostingtalk.com/images...s/confused.gif
    it's the first time I've seen it. I'll have to make it a permanent part of my sig if I ever get one.

    best wishes, lloyd

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    Not sure of one of the top of my head, but it wouldn't be too hard to write one with a bit of programming knowledge.

    That aside I don't believe storing the messages would stop the spam, it'd just move where the spam ended up. CAPTCHA is a popular method of stopping spam and quite a few contact forms have it or can integrate it. In addition just a list of simple questions that the user must answer (such as What is 14 + 5?) can also go a long way to prevent spam and are more accessible (that is to the blind for example).
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    This would be useful: http://www.hotscripts.com/Detailed/67501.html

    But the project sounds like the perfect opportunity to follow a tutorial and learn PHP / databases yourself

    http://www.tizag.com/phpT/examples/formex.php
    http://www.php-mysql-tutorial.com/
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    I remember I found a spot that showed a contact form with a captcha and a whole bunch of neat stuff I have to find it

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    Thanks for the links Jamie. The last one is down right now, bandwidth exceeded. Do you think that's because you posted it here?

    And just to add a bit of info to my original question, I've had a few weird things happen with email, and a couple of the emails happened to be important. The less I have to use it the better.

    best wishes, lloyd

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    How about using reCAPTCHA?
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    You could always run something like a .php script through SpamAssassin before it gets to you. just a thought
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donner View Post
    In addition just a list of simple questions that the user must answer (such as What is 14 + 5?) can also go a long way to prevent spam and are more accessible (that is to the blind for example).
    That's a good point. The "simple question" concept would be very easy to code. If you don't want to use email, a simple form and the code from www.php.net to create and write to a file is all you would need. Of course, you could use a database and such, but unless you plan to have a large file it's simply personal preference.

    With regard to the add-on domain wikipedia entry, there's not much more that can be said. For all intents and purposes aside from residing within an already web accessible folder, it is treated no different than a regular domain.
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