Bot-Away is a Ruby gem designed to prevent Web bots from spamming the
forms on your Rails-based site without forcing you to resort to
intrusive CAPTCHA fields. It employs a variety of techniques in an
attempt to find a programmatic solution to the problem of automated
Among other new features, v1.2 introduces support for Ruby on Rails 3.0.
The minimum supported version of Rails is still 2.3.5.
You can find the specifics, including installation and optional
configuration instructions, at the repository location:
My standard disclaimer is that since we’re using machines to filter
machines, any technique employed by Bot-Away is at least feasibly
counterable; however, automated bots are generally very stupid and lack
functionality necessary to do so. In practice, I’ve been using Bot-Away
to guard the feedback sections of my blog for about 8 months now and not
yet seen it defeated.
-Colin MacKenzie IV