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    @dggerhart I was able to register for your site without a confirmation email and post “test” comment to your general group. Enabling email confirmation to register will help. Using a checkbox for your Privacy Policy GDPR compliance, is needed and will help too. I would give the Honeypot plugin a try on your staging site (disclaimer, I don’t use, and it’s old) but what it does is pretty simple so it could be ok. Admin notification of new users will help. Manually checking email addresses and questionable profiles (if you have more profile fields) will eliminate the obvious spammers and most are obvious. You can manually approve new users if that won’t be overwhelming. On a different note, you might want to block your dashboard access and you have some html tags displaying. Also a registration menu item (it was hard to figure out how to register) are some things I noticed too. I hope you find this helpful


    Hi David,
    This is very common problem that we all are facing with the Buddypress websites. The combination of registration process that I am using to stop it
    1. I have enabled social login as it is very easy for users to login with almost no spam users. Every users is having a google or facebook account. It increases the engagement of users also.
    2. Restrict sign up with only a few legit and popular email domains like GMAIL, YAHOO, MSN aor anything u want. You can use BP Restrict Signup By Email Domain plugin.


    I still use Wanguard, it still works for checking the validity of email addresses. I notice recently however that I’m getting a large number of spam registrations from domains ending with .xyz or .top so I ended up forking r-a-y’s plugin BP Restrct Signup by Email Domain, turning it into a blacklist intead of a whitelist. My new plugin is called BP Blacklist Signup by Email Domain, I’ll be uploading it to the repository later. This seems to be working well on my systems so far – not had any spam registrations get through for the last few days whereas without it I was getting about 8-12 per day.

    David Gerhart

    Thanks for the suggestion, Varun. I’ll read about it.

    For the record, here’s a link for anyone reading this in the future:

    Preventing Spammer Registration

    Discusses the options, and ‘wares to deploy … but seems really dated. suggests:

    But I can’t verify it’s compatible with the newer systems (6 years old.)

    My problem persists, but seems to run in spurts…


    Would that be Wanguard? That certainly used to flag users as spammers. Not sure how it could do that if it is no longer running.


    Leave BuddyPress Active, deactivate all other plugins, see that these will not be there, then re-active the plugins one by one till you find the one that is marking the users as spammers.



    Cannot delete Spammer

    Thank you for the quick response.
    The question is which plugin?
    I tried deactivating a couple starting with Aksimet and when I reached bbforum & buddypress & deactivated both: the pink background of the “Spammer” user disappeared, as well as the link “Extended”. They both do not reappear with bbforum activated. (See screenshot)
    That made me assume it’s Buddypress that’s responsible for this pink background and the Extended link.
    Moreover it’s under “Extended” edit of User on “wp-admin/users.php”, that one gets the status shown and where one can change from Spammer to Active, which will not work.

    So just wondering … Or may be I’m just overlooking something obvious?



    BuddyPress does not mark users as spammers, it must be some other plugin that’s doing that


    I need to add, Wordfence is set to immediately block non-existent usernames and this particular user is actually there. Checked the spelling several times, correct password! So could it be Wordfence takes a cue from this Buddypress Spammer status business?
    Anyway, the question is how does the admin remove another admin or other user from spammer status?



    I have 2 admin accounts, but although I kept seeing one in pink, with the implication it has been marked as spammer, I had not taken this seriously as I last used it years ago.
    Today, because I need to use it, I reset the password and tried to log in but the user was blocked by Wordfence. I took measures to be allowed to log in and still with correct login, I could not, several times.
    So using the main account, I looked at this other admin account’s profile only to see “This user has been marked as a spammer. Only site admins can view this profile.”
    I even do not know how this user was marked so, probably mistakenly.

    I saw another user in this forum was pointed to changing the status & under Extended Profile, where there’s “UserX has been marked as a spammer. All BuddyPress data associated with the user has been removed”, and status set to “Spammer”, when you try to set it to “active”, you get => “User could not be removed as spammer.” !!!!

    I tried to get another user with the intention to at least change role to admin, but also mysteriously found this status, which cannot be reverted!!! No single idea how this status was arrived at. And even if it is, how come the admin cannot not remove one from the spammer status?

    I’m using latest version of all plugins & WP.

    I would very much appreciate your help.


    In reply to: Forum subscribe isuue


    @shanebp – I saw that a couple of your forum posts in this thread were in the spam filter. I just approved your latest post.


    If you’ve already tried the solutions in this thread:

    BuddyPress 3.1.0 is now available!

    Then, here are a couple of other possible solutions:

    1) Remove the “Reply-To” email address from BuddyPress emails.

    By default, BuddyPress adds a “Reply-To” email header to each BuddyPress email containing the admin user’s email address.

    I’m guessing email senders might have problems with this because the “From” email address and the “Reply-To” email address could use different domains. Email senders might think this is spammy and would reject the email. Just a guess. You’d have to look in your email logs to confirm.

    Anyway, here’s a code snippet you can try in your theme’s functions.php or in wp-content/bp-custom.php:

    add_filter( 'bp_email_set_reply_to', function( $retval, $email_address ) {
    	// Wipe out Reply-to email header if it matches the admin email address.
    	if ( bp_get_option( 'admin_email' ) === $email_address ) {
    		$retval = new BP_Email_Recipient( '' );
    	return $retval;
    }, 10, 2 );

    2) Try setting a different “From” email address

    If you are having problems sending any email on your WordPress install, you might have to set the “From” email address to one that contains your website domain.

    There are a few plugins that can do this. Here are a couple:

    Change From Email

    WP Change Default From Email

    3) Try using a WordPress email SMTP plugin

    If all the above fail, try a SMTP email plugin:


    Please let me know if either of the solutions work.


    I did deactivate all the plugins aside from BP and it had messed something up. After reactivating everything, I think I had to save my permalinks again. It’s been a couple of months, but something messed up that I had to fix after reactivating everything.

    Here’s how the mess began. I was getting a ton of spam users. A guy who runs a wordpress group told me to change the url from “register” to something else. I changed to and everything went downhill from there. So, I changed it back, saved my permalinks… still not working. I then deleted the register page, created a new one, saved my permalinks…and it was working about a month ago when I tested it, but I just got an email yesterday from someone who had the activation link error 🙁



    I would like to make visible the toolbar with access to the user profile to registered users. I have disabled the visibility of the toolbar to unregistered users, but apparently not even those registered see it. How can I solve?

    Installed Plugins: Akismet Anti-Spam, Asgaros Forum, BuddyPress, iubenda Cookie Solution for GDPR, JS Support Ticket, Maintetance by fruitfulcode, Really Simple SSL


    Hey everyone,
    I have a membership site. It’s running Woocommerce, WP 4.9.6 and Buddypress 3.0.0. My BuddyPress status is below.

    I’m having a problem when someone is choosing a any kind of membership(I only have free and 1 paid at the moment). When they get to the billing screen they can either use Facebook or Google to login and fill in the details.

    Once they do that, Buddypress redirects them to their wall. I want them to be able to continue the checkout process. I’ve tried so many things, but can’t override it.

    Please help!

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    My powers don’t extend that far – can’t look at rejected posts, I can say tere is automatic spam link checking and if it’s on the blacklist it will disappear without a trace.


    Hi there,

    I am currently testing my website and there is an issue with Buddypress. When I try to register using the Buddypress registration form, no activation email is sent to the user (I checked the Spam folder too). I then installed the “Check email” plugin to check if the activation email is actually sent to the user after registering, and no email is sent to the user…

    I then setup the standard WordPress registration form in my wordpress theme, and after registering, the activation email is sent properly. The issue therefore seems to be with the buddypress registration form but I am unable to locate it…

    Do you know by any chance what is the issue with the buddypress registration form and how I can fix it?

    Thank you for your help.

    Buddypress installs, but has no functionality.

    Hosting on local server/system
    Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
    php-curl php-gd php-mbstring php-xml
    Wordpress 4.9.6
    Buddypress 3.0.0

    Fresh install of OS, WordPress, and Buddypress – The only plugin installed before Buddypress was ‘All In One WP Security’ (using only it’s default settings) to prevent bots/spam. De-activating WP Security plugin, and then uninstalling/reinstalling Buddypress does not solve the problem.

    Wordpress – Directory install
    Buddypress path – /user/share/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/buddypress/

    Wordpress works fine on it’s own – default WordPress theme Twenty-seventeen

    * The following code was added to wp-config:
    define(‘FS_METHOD’, ‘direct’);
    define(‘WP_HOME’, ‘’);
    define(‘WP_SITEURL’, ‘’);
    define(‘WP_MEMORY_LIMIT’, ‘256M’);

    * Buddypress: installs, activates, and creates it’s blank pages (Registration, Activation, Members, Activity…) but all pages return 404 errors.
    * I do see the ‘Welcome to Buddypress’ splash page, and under Dashboard>Settings>Buddypress, all options are available, but have no effect on the installation. It’s as if Buddypress and WordPress are sharing the same space, but are not interacting. I do not find ‘Buddypress Theme’ in my dashboard either.

    Thank you for your time.


    @venutius I have another problem, I try to create new topic to describe this but when I click button “Submit” topic not created. Maybe topic is in spam because I add photo link. Can you check it?


    I’m setting up a new website. I’ve chosen Buddypress for registratio, but it’s not sending activation emails. I’ve read many threads but not coming up with a solution.
    Here’s what I know:

    WP version 4.9.6
    Buddypress 3.0.0
    WP mail SMTP has been set up by my hosting provider, and it’s working ok. All the test emails arrive correctly.

    When I try to register through Buddpress registration form, there’s a sign saying that an email has been sent. But it never arrives there. I’ve checked with gmail, but also but So sure it’s not going to spam folder.

    I’ve also tried adding these to my functions.php theme file

    add_filter( ‘bp_email_use_wp_mail’, ‘__return_true’ );

    That is not working neither.

    Is there anything else I can try?


    It seems confirmed that Buddypress is not sending (or resending when triggered) the activation emails for new users. I have seen in the logs of Post SMTP Email Log that the test emails go through, even password reset, but new user activation link emails don’t go to my gmail or email at another domain I own.

    I have spoken to my host, dreamhost, where I have several Buddypress sites that seem to work just fine, however this newest one that I installed just Thursday has been nothing but problems.

    I’ve uninstalled, reinstalled several times, tried different tricks, used Easy SMTP, WP Mail and as mentioned Post SMTP EMail Log.

    I install wordpress alone, works, I get my admin account email. I change the WP system email and my admin account email to the sites branded email. Still everything is working, getting the emails. Then install Buddypress and nothing from it, nothing in the logs, nothing in spam folders, nada.

    The other sites are not so new, most recent one I installed was several months ago, but they all run Buddypress and reside on the same VPS with the same configuration as this new site.

    I’m running out of ideas. Help! 🙂


    @vapvarun Hey! Thanks for the reply!

    So I disabled the akismet scan and both the spam link and the button vanished. I’m scampering through the Akismet plugin folder to see if I’m missing something…no luck so far. I still want there to be one spam button but they’re conjoined at the moment and it’s really annoying.

    Any ideas?

    Varun Dubey

    @sharebophar @smilingdeep You can try to change default mail send from and name
    By Default WordPress send the email via"> and it stuck inside spam folders

    Varun Dubey

    @orribu are you using any additional spam protection plugin
    One might be enabled via Akismet
    Setting >> BuddyPress >> Options


    WP ver. 4.9.6
    BuddyPress ver 3.0.0 w/ Buddypress Nouveau
    Rose Child Theme
    SiteL TwistedFates

    Hey! I have a bit of a conundrum.
    I’m working on some CSS to make sure my site, is presentable and fully functional. I’ve been at this for a few months now. The problem with that is… well, when I got to the activity-meta div element two “spam” buttons come up.


    So I figure, that’s not right, you know? I popped open the Inspect tool and noticed that there’s just a stupid…link just FLOATING there, under the ACTUAL spam button’s code. The code I used (below) just deleted both buttons.

    .activity-meta.action a.bp-secondary-action.spam-activity-comment.confirm {display: none;}

    I can’t target JUST that link via CSS…I’m still a greenhorn. I DID however confirm that deleting that one floating link solved the problem, temporarily.


    So… how do I get there to be only one spam link in every activity meta, both for comments and replies? I know I’m doing something wrong or missing SOMETHING. Any help would be radical.

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