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Hello, I'd like to ask for suggestions please on a simple alternative to captcha. I've been getting a lot of spam through a contact form, meaningless stuff strings of letters / numbers.

I'm using Web form builder version 2.5. So it doesn't support any captcha that works anymore. (it worked with captcha 1 which stopped in 2018).

The form has a dropdown menu and another has radio buttons. This used to be enough to stop spam bots because they couldn't fill them out but it hasn't worked. I don't know whether it actually is a bot or a human doing it.

So my question is what else can I use?
Could I put a text field in and hide it? How would I get this to prevent the form submitting? like a honey pot for a bot to fill out but which a human couldn't see. I'm guessing simply hiding the submit button if this hidden field was filled out wouldn't work for a bot?

A simple what is 2+2? Type question, which obviously wouldn't stop human spammers?

Any suggestions please
Many thanks
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I have often used some kind of maths, but spelling the numbers, also for the answer, and a tad more complicated than just 'two plus two'. But, because I often make sites in other languages than English, a lot of human spammers will be excluded by the language ;)

You may also find alternatives if you google CAPTCHA, e.g. there are some with images and you are asked to select the ones showing something specific.
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I've had success with regex. You'll never stop determined humans.
Use this to match 6
What's 3 + 3?
/\b[6]\b/
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as always.... thank you Eric :) i have used your regex
Thank you Inger also. I will see if it helps things

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