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I'd like to add an input field to the page comments that should act as a honey pot: if this field has a value, the comment will not be sent.
From what I can tell from the documentation, currently the spam check is only possible with an external service or with JavaScript to apply a hidden input with a pre-defined name.
To me relying on JS in order to enable a site's visitor to leave a comment seems wrong, so I'd like to go the other way: Hide the honeypot input visually so it won't get filled by (human) visitors. If a (dumb) bot fills in every input it finds with values, it'll tap also in the honey pot field -- and the spam comment will not be sent.

Maybe this option could be added to the comment field's settings?


Edited by cstevensjr
Moved this to General Support as this is a problem (issue), not a module/plugin
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+1 for that suggestion.

In the meantime, if you wanted to add that feature to your site you could copy the FieldtypeComments module to your /site/modules/ folder and edit the methods in CommentForm.php (because unfortunately the methods aren't hookable).

You would add the honeypot inputfield in renderFormNormal() and renderFormThread(). And then check that the inputfield is empty in processInput(), changing empty() to !empty()...

if($key = $this->options['requireSecurityField']) {
    if(!empty($data[$key])) return false; 


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I think I have a first working version, I just tested it on my site. Here's the code/commit on github, all changes are in



not sure if this'll suffice to create a pull request, but for my installation, it works :-))

The "HoneyPot" Field is customizable (name  and label) via the form options (similar to what is stated in the documentation for the "securityField").

$formOpts = array(
		'labels' => array(
				'text' => 'Your Thoughts',
				'submit' => 'Leave a reply',
				'canttouchthis' => 'Leave this empty'
		'requireHoneypotField' => 'canttouchthis'

this results for example in

<p class="CommentFormHoneypot CommentForm_honeypot">
		<label><span>Leave this empty</span>
		<input name="canttouchthis" value="" size="3" type="text">


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