Drupal.org Prevents Spam with Distil Networks' Browser Fingerprinting Technology | Drupal.org Case Study

August 31, 2016

At a Glance

  • Drupal.org
  • Information Technology

Challenges

  • Spammers were creating bogus accounts on the Drupal website in order to post spam links and content
  • Volunteers and staffers were wasting time removing bad content
  • Fake accounts and spam pollute the community engagement metrics

Results

  • Blocking spammers from registering accounts prevents a whole chain of negative activity from happening
  • Resources devoted to spam removal have gone from about 2 FTE to a fraction of that time
  • Blocking fake accounts improves community engagement
  • Spammers have moved on from trying to exploit Drupal.org
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“We have steadily been blocking more bad actors and the spam they post. This is exactly what we were hoping we were going to get out of implementing Distil Networks' filtering solution.”

-- Ryan Aslett, Backend Developer Services Engineer, Drupal.org

Overview

Drupal.org has been around for 13 years in support of the Drupal development project. Drupal is open source content management software that's used to make many of the websites and applications people use every day. The Drupal community is one of the largest open source development communities in the world, consisting of more than a million passionate developers, designers, trainers, strategists, coordinators, editors, and sponsors working together. Collectively this community builds the Drupal software, provides support, creates documentation, shares networking opportunities, and more. Members' shared commitment to the open source spirit pushes the Drupal project forward, and new members are always welcome. The website managed by Drupal.org is the primary gathering point for the members of this exciting development effort.

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