Many websites need to collect information from visitors, and often the best way to do this is through forms. The advantage of forms, other than simply publishing an email contact address, is that it allows you to tell visitors exactly what information you need from them - and get them to give you that information.
Answers 2000 is Email Feedback Form Script is a powerful solution to this requirement. Some of its features include:
- It can process any type of form - forms can incorporate any fields and types of fields that you like
- Powerful and flexible validation options - for example: it can make sure an email address has been correctly entered in a required field before the form is submitted, or another field must contain a ZIP code, or another field must contain a number within a certain range, and so on.
- A single script can process an un unlimited number of different forms
- Can automatically capture the user’s IP address (this can be useful for legal purposes, as well as being handy if you find that you wish to block a particular user who is abusing your form).
As well as all these features, Email Feedback Form Script has always incorporated two additional features that help tackle the problem of spam:
- Unlike many traditional formmail scripts, Email Feedback Form Script can not be subverted by spammers to email third parties.
- Unlike many traditional formmail scripts, Email Feedback Form Script does not need to reveal your email address - thus preventing it being added to spam email lists.
Of course, spammers are a devious lot: Another tactic that they are increasingly using is to fill out feedback forms on websites (using automated software) with their junk, and then submit them. If you get these types of messages, you can of course always simply delete them from your inbox, but this soon gets tiresome and annoying, plus it’s time-consuming too, especially if you receive numerous junk submissions every day.
Answers 2000 is pleased to announce the release of Email Feedback Form 5.00 which includes a powerful new anti-spam feature, that can drastically cut down on the number of such spam form submissions received. This new version of the software incorporates a special “honey pot fields” feature, that allows you to automatically direct almost all junk submissions straight to the trash, while still allowing legitimate human-made submissions to be received as normal. What’s more, this feature works without using a captcha - which many people find annoying, and which can be
troublesome for visually-impaired users.
The way the “honey pot fields” work is: you add one or more additional fields to your forms, that must be left blank, or left set to required values. These fields are hidden from legitimate human users’ eyes using CSS (so are never altered), but spammer’s software will fill-out or alter these fields, thus allowing spam submissions to be detected and automatically sent to the garbage. This process is completely transparent to your legitimate human users, yet tests show it can drastically cut down on spam submissions.