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    I have just installed BP and discovered that all users, admins included, are marked as spammers. As a result, extended profile settings are not accessible. Instead it says “Admin has been marked as a spammer. All BuddyPress data associated with the user has been removed” where “Admin” is a user name.
    Currently the site runs Academica theme. I tried several other themes, same result.
    I tried to create a new used after installing BP, same result.
    When accessing another user page, I can see that status is “Active”. I tried to change it to spammer and back to active, same result.

    What do I do now? 🙂

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    When I activate some members they are not added to the members list.

    BP considers activated users when they login to the website. else it doesnt.

    activation emails dont go or goes to spam folder? check this plugin and use it as per your requirements

    Also if your email domain is on lets say google apps and you are using the email domain to send mail from your site hosted on a different server you need to add email srv records

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    @djpaul Does BuddyPress use the same email-address for sending like WordPress? If not, that might be the problem: Some webhosters (like Hosteurope) restrict the usage of email addresses in scripts like WordPress to prevent spam.

    For example I usually have to choose one email-address on my webhoster´s config platform. After that I can use it in WordPress. Any other email address won´t work for sending with WordPress, if I don´t use a plugin like

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    Thanks @djpaul !

    Evil people do suck! But I think I see where you’re coming from: The unsubscribe fixture is more of an anti-spamming measure?

    I did try navigating the Trac system to further the discussion but came into a few hangups relating to a “TICKET_CREATE privileges are required…” error. But I’ll keep on this topic because I think it’s an important one, especially with the quantity of emails BP outputs and dependency we have on them for notifications.

    With the release of 2.6, will the Unsubscribe link automatically disable all BP notifications when clicked or just the notification related to that email (i.e. All Activity, Messages, Friends Notifications or just the single related notification) or something different (i.e. option landing page)?

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    I see this was about a week ago, but I’m having the same problem. I’ve tried many of the plugins mentioned in other threads, but haven’t had any luck with any of them. I’m on Media Temple’s Grid service (not their WP hosting) and I’ve checked the mail settings, spam folders, with no luck.

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    Paul Gibbs

    If one type of email is getting sent and the others aren’t, it might be some part of the content triggering some kind of spam filter on the remote server. It could be some kind of throttling issue, and it’s only by coincidence one type of email is being sent. I don’t know. There’s all sorts of weird possibilities.

    We have 2 further email delivery fixes that have been identified, which I imagine we will implement and release within the next 2 weeks. I don’t see how either would directly affect your site since you have SOME BP HTML emails being delivered, but not all — but maybe they will. This is certainly pretty weird.

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    @djpaul you’re right that there’s no point sending emails to spammers, and I’m not concerned about them.

    I use this feature as a tool to manage non-splogger members of the community. For that purpose, I also have another suggestion:

    a) If a member can be sent an email X number of days after registration (one-time or periodically). Or,

    b) If an email can be sent only after a member has been inactive for X number of days.

    These steps can also be used to honor/reward the active/regular members of the community.

    I wonder if such cases/instances can be tracked and any email situations be created for them.


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    Paul Gibbs

    I think this situation normally occurs when a spammer’s account has been deleted, and that kind of person probably is using a fake email address, so there is not much point sending an email.

    How are you using deleted account emails to help your site?

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    Check to see if the members with problems have been marked as spammers.
    And whether they have a different WP role than members without problems.

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    I want to move my multi-blog site from a custom website to buddypress/multipress, and it seems to do everything I want except for the users dashboard.

    I don’t trust my users at all, and I want to remove some of the permissions they have by default.

    What I would like to do are things like

    – prevent the user from customising the themes, (actually I am happy with some customising, I just worried that the users will make breaking changes to the theme/site itself).
    – prevent the user from changing the permalinks
    – Limit the number of sites they can create.
    – Limit who creates groups and how many they create.
    – Better spam control in general, (prevent spam posts and so forth).
    – Limit/control the number of pages they can create.

    In general, I just want to have more control on what they can/cannot do,

    Is there already a plugin to do that kind of monitoring?

    How safe is buddypress/wordpress network from ‘rogue’ users?



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    Thanks for response Shane. I did see that post, but even with button removed it still allows a user to compose a message and send to someone who isn’t a friend, hence why i was still searching.

    I have already introduced a text limit on the compose field to discourage spamming, but it is only Javascript. So with Javascript turned off it is still possible to send big messages. Looking for the PHP validation database solution.

    Guess I’ll weigh up the value of PM’s on my site (not live atm) against the possible annoyance of spam to users. Better to introduce PMs at a later date rather than have it initially, find a problem with spam annoying people in the community and then having to remove the feature.

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    Read a number of posts on this topic. Just wondered if there are any plans in BuddyPress development to include the option of making private messaging between friends only and prevent users PM’ing anybody and everybody. Reasons being: 1. To reduce spamming, therefore not annoying users who will then enjoy using the site more & 2. reduced requests on servers and possibly getting blacklisted.

    Are plugins the only route to accomplish this at the moment? If so any recommendations?

    Many thanks

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    Also, I’m trying to change my profile email but it is giving me this error:

    That email address is already taken.
    No changes were made to your account.

    I think I may have multiple accounts here. Could I merge the two and update the email on this account? I’m not getting the responses in my current email account which is gmail. The hotmail account is mostly a spam account now.

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    thanks for the reply its a themeforest theme called vivacity and here are the plugins i have installed:

    Version 3.1.8 | By Automattic | View details

    Audio player
    Version | By Martin Laine | Visit plugin site

    Auto Post Thumbnail
    Version 3.3.4 | By Aditya Mooley , Tarique Sani | View details

    Version 2.5.1 | By The BuddyPress Community | View details

    Version 1.3.20 | By Ian Pye, Jerome Chen, James Greene, Simon Moore, David Fritsch, John Wineman

    Dashboard Widget Remover
    Version 1.0 | By Zihad Tarafdar | View details

    Disable wp new user notification
    Version 0.100323 | By Corey Salzano | View details

    Google Analytics by Yoast
    Version 5.4.6 | By Team Yoast | View details

    LayerSlider WP
    Deactivate | Edit
    Version 5.6.2 | By Kreatura Media | Visit plugin site

    Log Report Plugin
    Keeps Stop Spammer logs in CSV file
    Version 1.0 | By Keith P. Graham | Visit plugin site

    Mail From
    Version 1.0.1 | By Andrew Hamilton | View details

    Select SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam
    Version | By Mike Challis | View details

    Stop Spammers Spam Control
    Version 6.15 | By Keith P. Graham | View details

    Vivacity Plugin
    Version 1.2 | By GhostPool

    WP Maintenance Mode
    Version 2.0.3 | By Designmodo | View details

    WP Super Cache
    Version 1.4.8 | By Automattic | View details

    WP Widget Cache
    Version 0.26 | By Andrew Zhang | Visit plugin site

    WPBakery Visual Composer
    Version 4.9 | By Michael M – | Visit plugin site

    Yoast SEO

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    David Bisset

    Using Gravity Forms is one solution, yes. It’s easy once you have the plugin itself PLUS the “user registration” plugin they offer which i think is open only for the developer license. It completely replaces the BuddyPress registration form. I use it for a variety of sites that need more complex registration forms (there of course is a tradeoff, but one of the pluses is that Gravity Forms are rock solid against registration spam).

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    In an effort to prevent spam I would like to hide the “private message” button only if you are not already friends with someone. Can anyone suggest any code to achieve this?

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    Paul Gibbs

    @dcstyle Not directly for your issue (the success says as far as we can tell, it was delivered to the email server — if you didn’t receive it and if it didn’t get marked as spam, the mail server could have rejected delivery for all kinds of reasons.

    We will have a couple of fixes coming into BuddyPress 2.5.1 this week which have a chance of affecting your problem. I think we need to wait for 2.5.1 to come out, then you can update to that, and test again.

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    Paul Gibbs

    @ingeb1983 @dcstyle @ingeb1983 Hi. If any of you are still using BP 2.5 and still have problems and are NOT using “WP-Mail-SMTP” or “Easy WP SMTP” plugins, maybe could you help me test something?

    Download this plugin and activate it (it’s called “BP Email Debug”). Then do something to get a BuddyPress email sent — something that you know was working in previous versions that is broken now.

    This new plugin should send an email to the Site Admin email address (wp-admin Settings > General > Email Address) containing information that will help us to better understand the problem.

    You only need to get 1 or 2 of these emails; you can de-activate the new plugin afterwards (otherwise you could spam yourself!).

    Then please share the content of the email here, or email it to me if you don’t want it public.


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    Paul Gibbs

    @neev07 I’m not sure there’s anything we can do to fix this yet, but you might be able to do some research and figure out if there’s any adjustments we can make.

    I suspect the content in the email is going to play a big part (e.g. number of links, images or not, and so on).

    For example, you could get a bunch of email accounts on services like Gmail, Hotmail, and others, and creating accounts on your site with those email addresses. Do something in BuddyPress that sends exactly the same email to each user, and then you can check all the inboxes and see if ALL services are spamming the emails, or only some.

    The results of that, plus some research on Google, might give us some ideas.

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    WordPress version: 4.4.2
    BuddyPress version: 2.5.0
    My Website: Link To My Website

    I used following code given by Paul Gibbs to change senders email and name:

    add_action( 'bp_email', function( $email_type, $email_obj ) {
    	$email_obj->set_from( "", "Custom Website Name" );
    }, 10, 2 );

    it is able to change perfectly. But emails are going into spam folder that’s making me tensed.

    Please tell me any tip or trick to avoid mails to be gone into spam in Buddypress 2.5 .


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    I install the new version of Buddypress and i can put in my lenguaje the emails of the site and i translate all but the email “accepted your friendship request” do not send the page and i translate all very well and the situation is in “Recipient has had a friend request accepted by a member.” I look in my email of hotmail and i do not recive this email in the inbox and spam and the rest of emails working very well. Thank you.

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    Hi @JackJJW,

    Not used either on a live site as mine is still in development locally, but read good things about the plugins WP-SpamShield Anti-Spam and Wangguard. May be worth looking into.

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    I have Akismet set up, I have captcha, but I am still getting loads of spam registrations to Buddypress as if these things have made no difference.

    Does anyone know how I can stop them?


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