On my various websites I get hundreds of Spam messages every day; it gets very annoying! I’ve tried several methods and in this post I will outline three. Soemtimes they works, sometimes they don’t. Some are more effective than others.
CAPTCHAs (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) are a random strings of text and numbers that a user must enter to be classed as non-spam. The letters and numbers are displayed as an image and usually over a pattern and are distorted to prevent bots from easily reading them.
Hidden text fields
Create a text field in your form and hide it via your CSS (using display: none). When processing the form if the field has been filled out it is Spam.
Ask a question
Ask a question that doesn’t have the answer in the question. A popular one could be a maths question (e.g. what is 1 + 5). Even more effective would be What colour is the sky?