how to filter spam subscriptions?


I just installed “BuddyPress Pending Activations plugin” because some of my subscribers didn’t receive the activation emails. Now I can see most of the pending activations are spam but some of them are real users.

How should I deal with this problem?

Should I activate all users and apply some protection at login like captcha?

Don’t Akismet take care of these spam users?

Please give me advice.

Thank you,


  • Timothy
    • Chief Pigeon

    Hey there.

    Captcha really ain’t that great, spam type software can often break this and what it doesn’t the manual spammers will. There’s money in people cracking Captchas. Do a search for something like “pay to solve captcha”.

    There is also the Are You Human:

    But I’ve not seen a great deal of difference using this one either.

    We include Are You Human in our AntiSplog and they also have a plugin.

    If you look at Askimatt:

    A plugin which identifies and blocks comment and trackback spam on blogs with integration to various blogging systems.

    There are plugins which do different things to track and ban spammers, are they affective though… Nothing which is solid, but what you can do especially with manual spammers.

    Pay walls seem fairly affective. You know where you take a small nominal fee that proves they are human and verifies their details. Some services make you confirm a text message.

    I know some people block out whole IP blocks for troublesome countries where a lot of spam seems to come from.

    You could try some of the other plugins though and see how you go. Maybe try with:

    Take care.

  • Patrick
    • Support Monkey

    Hi Luciano,

    Akismet is designed specifically to protect you against comment spam.

    You will find several plugins in the WordPress plugin repository to help you reduce spam registrations on your site:

    Investigate the features and functions of the ones you find appealing until you find one that suits your purpose.

    As you are using BuddyPress on your site, you may want to try BuddyPress Humanity:

    It hasn't been updated in 2 years, but it stills appears to work just fine. Here's a screenshot of it on my test site integrating very nicely with the signup form. To add an image like I have, simply include it in the textarea like so:

    <img src=&quot;http://YOURSITE.COM/path-to-image.png&quot;>

  • Mason
    • DEV MAN’s Sidekick


    Just checking in to see if this ticket is now resolved? As we haven’t heard back, I’m hoping it is and am marking it accordingly, but if you have any questions on this in the future, feel free to re-open it and let us know.


  • Timothy
    • Chief Pigeon

    Hello, hope you’re well.

    Just following up on some threads here and noted that we’ve not heard from you in a while.

    If you’re still looking for some assistance on this thread then please by all means reopen it or create a fresh thread for any new questions.

    Take care.

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