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    Can SPAM bots target a web form that doesn't send email?

    This may seem obvious however just to make sure.
    Can SPAM bots target a form that doesn't send email?
    Such as a single text field form for doing a text search
    of my own website?

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    Any form can theoretically be targeted by bots. Some will hammer looking for security vulnerabilities, others will just to it to DDOS.

    The latter being why many sites -- including this one -- often have a time limit on how close together you can do things like search requests, make new posts, etc, etc.
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    Can you give some advice on how to protect a typical single text field web search form.
    The obvious being reCAPTCHA however in my experience no other website uses one in this situation.


 

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