Stop Pidgin Spam in Its Tracks with Bot Sentry

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Pidgin plugin - Stop spap with Bot Sentry I widely advertise my instant messaging ID’s as I want potential clients to be able to find me easily. But the problem with doing that is that I end up with a lot of spam messages every day.

Never a day goes by without automated robots sending me instant messages inviting me to talk dirty with them or to go to a certain website to stock up on my Viagra tablets. Now normally I would just block them but this only really works for one or two messages a day.

If you are getting more than a few a day, you may need Bot Sentry. Bot Sentry guards your Pidgin application and disallows anyone not on your contact list from contacting you until they have answered a pre-defined question that you have set :

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As you can see, you can decide what question and answer to set and when the person has answered correctly, they can then message you and their user ID will be added to a "white list" so they don’t have to answer the question everytime they want to chat with you.

But make the question easy – don’t write something like "Please give the exact population figure of Transylvania – including all the vampires". Just give an easy question with only one possible answer that a real person can answer right away. Obviously this will stop the automated bots in their tracks and you can now enjoy your day without IM’s popping up inviting you to join the Gay Network.

Comments (26)
  • John

    I’m having the same issues with this plugin. Running Pidgin 2.5.4 in XP. Please update us if you receive any feedback from the developer. I have an additional issue which is that even after I click to close the popup alert, the unknown contact still gets added to my “Not In List” section of my Buddy List and I have to manually remove each one of them. This is very time consuming.

    What I suspect most users want is a silent killer plugin which denies all unauthorised requests and drops the them *SILENTLY* without any popup or alerts. Just drop them and shred them to bits without ever letting me know.

  • Chris

    Is there any update on fixing the alert. It’s a great idea that’s unfortunately rendered useless as I have to close a window each time a spammer (or at least someone not in my contact list) tries to IM me. Atleast I don’t get an alert sound, but it’s not useful in it’s current state. FOr me at any rate

  • Dumbass

    So how do you install it?

    Isn’t there a simple process where I can double click something and have it install itself?

    Seriously…

    • Mark O’Neill

      Double-click the exe file and install. Then go into your Pidgin Tools–>Plugins and find Bot Sentry. Click on it and turn it on. You can also go into the preferences and modify it including specifying the question and answer.

      That’s it.

      Oh and I removed the verbal abuse from your comment. There was no need for all of that. Come on, grow up.

  • doorknob60

    Woot, just found out about this linked form The Mark Pack. It’s a simple yet effective way to stop spambots :)

  • Daniel

    Yea its from MSN as well. That seems to be the main problem. I recently did the same thing as well. But it annoys me that anyone who wants to contact me via MSN will have to contact me via other means first so i can add them to my buddy list. Oh well. Annoying messages are gone. Thats all that matters. (Yes it works for me as well)

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