[Anti-Splog] We need Anti-Splog! There is a Gap in the Market for a spam fighting plugin

Hi,

I think there is great potential for Anti-Splog. We need this plugin to continue being developed further and supported. I also think there is opportunity here for WPMU Dev. I will explain below.

I can see from looking at the WordPress.org plugin repository that Anti-Splog has only 20 Active installs. I think this is closely related to the fact that there hasn’t been much activity or any updates in over 12 months and so site admins are reluctant to try it out.

However, recently two of the top spam fighting plugins have been removed from the WordPress.org plugin directory. First WangGuard (https://wordpress.org/plugins/wangguard/). This plugin has been discontinued by the developer, with many users (10,000+) still using it even though it is discontinued and unsupported.

So many users appeared to have switched to WP Spamshield (https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-spamshield/). But due to dispute with WordPress.org plugin directory team this developer has had his plugin removed and so decided to remove all his plugins. WordPress.org still shows 100,000+ active users who can no longer receive updates from WP.org for this plugin.

I would therefore like to recommend continuing development and support for this plugin as well as these additional features to make it the go to plugin:

1) Comment spam protection (for visitors who don’t have an account and who only enter name and email).

2) Contact form spam protection. For visitors who don’t have an account and are not signed in.

3) All the above without requiring a captcha or making the visitor have to take any additional steps to carry out their task.

  • Adam Czajczyk
    • Support Gorilla

    Hi Dean,

    I hope you’re well today!

    Such feedback is very valuable for us and helps us develop our tools and services and become better for you. Thank you very much for sharing it with us!

    And since you tagged James already, you can be sure he’ll read is too :slight_smile:

    Thank you for being such an active and helpful Member of our community and for sharing your thoughts and suggestions with us!

    Best regards,

    Adam

  • Dean
    • Design Lord, Child of Thor

    Hi Adam Czajczyk / James Farmer,

    Thank you for your reply. I just thought I would add since writing this feature request that I have had a closer look at some more plugins in the WordPress plugin repository. I have found that another top Spam plugin “Antispam Bee” (300,000 active users) is also on the ropes. Sadly the developer has had to step back from plugin development due to health issues.

    https://wordpress.org/support/topic/has-this-plugin-been-abandoned-16/

    I have seen some more plugins where the original developer has stepped away, but as another developer is currently maintaining it (not sure how long for) I won’t mention it here at this time. But that plugin also has a considerable number of active installs.

    The main thing I have noticed is aside from Akismet (unreasonably priced and only fights comment spam), the vast majority seem to not be premium and are done as a hobby etc. So I think this may be partly to do with why so many are turning out this way. This is another reason I think it would be good for WPMU Dev. As the membership is not just one plugin and therefore the cost can be easily justified!

    Thank you for looking into and considering my request. I hope I made a good enough case :slight_smile:.

  • Adam Czajczyk
    • Support Gorilla

    Hi Dean,

    Thanks for your response!

    Yeah, Akismet is a good tool but the pricing might be “discouraging” sometimes and it’s only for comment spam, indeed.

    I think, however, that to prevent registration/sign up SPAM you could also use Defender. While it’s not “anti-spam” solution “per se” (at least not yet), it certainly does a lot of good job in that field too with its locking-out + blacklisting features and two-factor auth, it can lower those “fake registrations”. If you add up some captcha to the equation that should be pretty nice protection.

    But sure, I can still see the point in what you said about Anti-Splog! Let’s keep this thread open for discussion then and see what other Members of our Community will say :slight_smile:

    Have a great day!

    Adam

  • Dean
    • Design Lord, Child of Thor

    Hi Joshua,##1

    Thanks for your reply. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you but I didn’t get a notification about your comment.

    Actually, I was already looking at the Stop Spammers, Anti-Spam Bee (https://wordpress.org/plugins/antispam-bee/) and Anti-Spam (https://wordpress.org/plugins/anti-spam/) plugins.

    From looking at the Stop Spammers on localhost I also liked that it integrates with the 3 spam databases. Another thing I noticed is I think it said it integrates with all forms comments, contact forms and signups.

    I am just worried as it mentions in many places that it is very strict and can block genuine commenters/visitors and lock out admins. They also recommend in their FAQs not to use with security plugins like Wordfence so just makes me cautious to go with this plugin.

    Do you have any experience using this on plugin on Multisite, to protect contact forms and signup forms? Would be really interested if you did.

    Thank you

  • Scott
    • New Recruit

    Hi Dean / everyone,

    Developer of WP-SpamShield here. Just a heads up… WP-SpamShield is still in active development, so don’t be sad! :slight_smile: We re-launched it as a premium plugin, and it’s still going strong. We have a blog post with info on the transition:

    https://www.redsandmarketing.com/blog/wp-spamshield-new-direction-premium-wordpress-plugin/

    The plugin homepage and documentation is located on our site:

    https://www.redsandmarketing.com/plugins/wp-spamshield-anti-spam/

    We’ve been avid readers of wpmudev articles for a while, but we just joined up, and we’re planning on spending more time over here from now on. Don’t hesitate to get in touch or ask us questions.

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