Comment spam prevention without moderation, captchas or questions
|Author:||Henri Benoit (profile at wordpress.org)|
|WordPress version required:||3.5|
|WordPress version tested:||4.1.1|
|Added to WordPress repository:||09-09-2014|
Warning! This plugin has not been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.
|Total downloads:||14 056|
|Active installs:||3 000+|
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This plugins prevents comment spam without requiring you to moderate all comments or your users to use user-unfriendly captchas or answer stupid arithmetic questions.
It works using two methods (which can be combined). It boils down to the following behavioral patterns normal comment authors (not spammers) will have:
- Normal users actually do read your post, which takes time. So someone sending a comment only a few seconds after having loaded the post has to be a spammer.
- Normal users do not fill fields which are not visible.
The first mechanism basically notes down when the page was loaded and when the comment was posted. When the comment is posted, if the timestamps are missing or if the user didn't spend enough time on the page, the comment posting will fail. The great thing about this approach is that it not only stops bots but also human spammers.
The second mechanism based on a hidden field not being filled is what's usually called a honeypot-based mechanism. Spam bots will usually go through all fields in the form and try to put in some value. Normal users won't do that since they cannot see the fields.
Note that this plugin can be used in addition to other plugins using different spam detection mechanism e.g. Akismet.
How can I contact you with a complaint, a question or a suggestion?
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Why is the honeypot not being added to my comment form?
This plugin uses the comment_form hook to add the honeypot. This only works if your theme displays the comment form using the comment_form() function (and that’s the way it should do it). If your theme doesn’t do it this way, you will not be able to use the honeypot based form protection.
Does this plugin support WordPress Multi-Site ?
Yes, it does. This plugins detects a network activation and will allow you to set it up on the network level.
- Using reCaptcha was preventing logged in user from writing comments.
- Added support for Google’s No Captcha reCaptcha.
- Added option to discard spam comments (without inserting them into the WordPress database) instead of just marking them as spam.
- Added option to delete spam comments instead of just marking them as spam.
- Fixed error registering action links in non-multisite mode.
- Multi-site support.
- First version.