POLL, please comment if you have an opinon:

Codeberg.org is being spammed by users using one-time/disposable email services and TOR connections. These spam projects with thousands of bogus issue comments, cause pain for project owners, and spam their notification email inbox. Also, Codeberg's SMTP reputation is harmed.

We consider disabling access via TOR and one-time email providers to maintain smooth operation for all users.

What do you think? Is there a better approach?
Please have your say.

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@codeberg maybe unpopular, but have you considered a captcha in the form of a JavaScript miner? Basically requiring anyone to halt for 60 seconds when registering an 5 when posting etc.

I do understand the practical problems (blockers, malware detection) and understand that people might have ideological issues with 'mining'.

But requiring a proof of work is defendable to your audience, I'd say.

@berkes You say a captcha per issue? Hmm ... not sure what to think, also there are very legitimate use cases to create issues via API, for example from CI.

@codeberg @berkes You could do captcha per issue and restrict issue creation via API to own projects per default. At least until some kind of reputation criteria is met, like contributors to a project are allowed API access.

@codeberg technically, an API could require a proof-of-work. I'm not aware of existing libraries or implementations.

The client (including the web-version) would then need to 'mine' some hashes before submitting a request(I.e. hashcash). Acting as captcha for API and web. Costing a normal user tiny amounts of electricity and delay, but bots large amounts of resources.

And if those hashes then bring in some micropayments, its a win-win.

@codeberg to clarify: each request needs such a PoW in a header or as part of the payload.

But this sounds like a big project on its own. Maybe others have built this already? Could be in the form of a HTTP proxy even.

@berkes "Costing a normal user tiny amounts of electricity and delay, but bots large amounts of resources." A swarm of bot is based on piracy, they don't care about electricity because they don't pay it. @codeberg I suggest asking project owners to moderate issues before these issues are made public. And flag projects that authorize too much issues for manual inspection.

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