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    • It's been in the works for awhile and waiting for Governor Brown's approval, and today it was signed into law. The main thing is you have to identify yourself as a bot if you are one. But the question I have is how do you enforce this with so many bots coming from overseas and so hard to detect?

      Anyway, this was a pretty fascinating interview with the lawmaker who pushed it through:

    • OK, but how would it be enforced? Someone suspects a poster of being a bot and clicks on a link to inform a moderator? Moderator (perhaps a bot?) then makes the accused prove he/she isn't a bot? Then what? Penalize the platform for allowing a bot to spread their message?

      I agree with the idea that we need to weed out such a society-changing negative influence, or at lease stem it's tide, but also need to make every effort in avoiding a new law like this from being used against us by unintended consequences. The devil is in the details, as always.

      Now how about a law that prohibits people from acting like bots? :-)

    • That's a good question, Seeker. I have owned a large forum for years and we seemed to be losing the bot war as far as signups for spammers. One of the last things we tried was the Google-owned I am not a robot captcha where you click a circle and that's it. But it turned out to be by far the most effective.

      My understanding is Google can surmise a lot about whether you behave like a robot depending on how you move your mouse, a digital signature they assemble from your IP address and a host of other things. When in doubt they ask you to identify all the images with stop signs in them or something.

      Beyond that, I don't know. I had the same questions as you.

    • We met briefly at Sipapu, NM, back in 2007. Wet Fest for reals as it seldom stopped raining on us tent campers. Great times.

      Google knows how I move my mouse? Wait! When? How? Oh man, I need to get off the internet onto a bike. Strange days indeed.

    • I probably host and manage around 75 websites and if I have time I will spend 15-30 minutes daily blocking IP's from bot's. I implement the Wordfence plugin that also allows me to block ip's based on parameters I can dictate. Bottom line....BOTS SUCK DONKEY DOO.