Need Advice for Stopping Spam at the Gate
I help run a close-knit community site running BuddyPress. Due to the nature of the community, our users are very sensitive to perceived censorship and react strongly when their messages are blocked. I am running into two issues because of this.
1. BuddyPress appears to have a built-it activity feed spam filter (Akismet?). I can’t figure out any way to disable this, which means I have to manually approve messages that have been automatically marked as spam. We’ve had very few issues with spammers on our activity feed and I want to disable this spam filter entirely. It’s doing more harm than good.
2. We are trying to block spammers from registering on the site. We use WangGuard and Google reCAPTCHA to accomplish this but they are still getting in somehow. They typically don’t cause any harm outside of creating spammy groups but they are a nuisance. Any suggestions on how to better lock down our registration page?
Make sure your registration slug is not “registration” or “signup” or any other guessable word. Change the slug frequently.
@modemlooper We tried that plugin but it hasn’t been updated in years and doesn’t seem to work anymore.
Use this fork, fixed it
WP-SpamShield will take care of all of that for you. 🙂
Full disclosure: I’m the developer.
ip geo block plugin best dam thing ever.
shield firewall plugin just to disable xmlrpc or a disable xmlrpc plugin
“good question” (https://wordpress.org/plugins/good-question/) or similar – adds a question that must be answered to finish registering
limit login attempts
audit log and multisite register ips (for the manual dedicated spammers)
this mix seems to make like tough for them – especially the ip geo block stopping several countries from abusing the site..
@redsand – good to see you active in bp threads! your plugin is a miracle, especially since akismet changed – one on bp site I did have to fiddle with the settings for forms or something recently – vaguely remember users having trouble sending pms were getting the you cant do that permissions thing until I messed with it a bet.. just like 2 weeks ago.
#2, Buddypress Registration Options is doing the job for me.
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