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[resolved] Credit link in footer (9 posts)

  1. Shaigan Marten
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Hi, how can I remove the credit link in the footer? I will place it somewhere else. Not very good at custom CSS, would just like to remove it from the footer.

    Please advise.

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/super-capcha/

  2. I can't install that plugin myself at the moment (my test installation is missing dependencies apparently) but no plugin should be doing that.

    See this text (emphasis mine):

    10. The plugin must not embed external links on the public site (like a "powered by" link) without explicitly asking the user's permission. Any such options in the plugin must default to NOT show the link.

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/about/guidelines/

    Hopefully the plugin author will reply. Tonight I'll get it running and confirm.

  3. Shaigan Marten
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Ah, I appreciate it. I that there's an option to disable the link, but it doesn't work. I'm using the latest version of the plugin and WordPress.... :/

  4. Mike W
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 11 months ago #

    Hi Shaigan,

    This plugin was written before WP came out with that policy and the link embedding was something that was not even looked into at the time the plugin was first uploaded. You can disable the "link" though by commenting out the appropriate line; however the reason we haven't messed with this is the additional security and deturance it provides. We found is a great method for actually stopping spammers from adding your site to their databases in the first place. The link itself is a no-follow, we're not attempting to get search engine results, we do however like to get statistical feedback to let us know how the plugin is performing.

    Also, if we are going strictly by the plugin guidelines then Coveted Askmet is breaking those rules by hosting a non-functional plugin without upgrading. This was something I even brought up at WordCamp 2012.

    It was discussed a while back in these same threads that most OCR services out there will first check to see what software the site is running before attempting to break the site, if they can't tell right off what it is, they will task their bots regardless. If, however, they see that it secured by something they can't break, they won't waste their resources in even trying.

    We've noticed just by having the link at the bottom of some sites, stops bots even when the CAPTCHA is disabled. In fact I've seen some sites that have done just that -- no captcha protection whatsoever but the secured-by by-line.

    You can remove it if you wish, we ask you not to for credit and the license will specifically tell you not too, but it is your choice.

  5. You can disable the "link" though by commenting out the appropriate line; however the reason we haven't messed with this is the additional security and deturance it provides.

    That's not really good and does violate the rules here.

    10. The plugin must not embed external links on the public site (like a "powered by" link) without explicitly asking the user's permission. Any such options in the plugin must default to NOT show the link.

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/about/guidelines/

    Can you please update your plugin? That link must default to off without the user having to do anything.

  6. Mike W
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 11 months ago #

    That's not really good and does violate the rules here.

    Again, it has been discussed several times in several threads under this plugin's subject. By demanding someone to remove a no-follow by-line intended for rudimentary bots to flag as site as "secured" is defying the very reason for the plugin -- Security.

    Also, the by-line is properly classed so it can be quickly hidden should a user want to preserve the security but mask it from human users and there are no functions or classes that disable the plugin if the link is removed or hidden.

    We were straight forward about this in 2007 when we first started development on this plugin.

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/about/guidelines/

    Can you please update your plugin? That link must default to off without the user having to do anything.

    The guidelines are inherently flawed and are not enforced or are enforced selectively and erratically:

    5. Trialware is not allowed in the repository. It's perfectly fine to attempt to upsell the user on other products and features, but a) not in an annoying manner and b) not by disabling functionality after some time period. Similarly, you cannot "cripple" functionality in the plugin and then ask for payment or provide a code to unlock the functionality.

    Akismet violates this oldest code with precision, yet it is a FEATURED and WP SPONSORED plugin. Akismet will not provide ANY functionality until you go get their API key (a code).

    10. The plugin must not embed external links on the public site (like a "powered by" link) without explicitly asking the user's permission. Any such options in the plugin must default to NOT show the link.

    Yes, so does BuddyPress (copyright: Created by WordPress and Buddypress after fresh install and activate)

    I interject that it does explicitly ask, in the licensing which a user should always read PRIOR to downloading, installing, and ACTIVATING, by stating that activation of the plugin will create a by-line that they are asked to keep in place, furthermore, they may choose to alter or not activate the program to prevent the by-line from displaying.

    Tell you what, if you find it so deplorable, yet have no qualms with Akismet, there are two options:

    1) Explain why other plugins get special treatment while others like cForms II and SimpleForums are pushed from the repo and help me and a countless of thousands of others understand why this happens other than by having personal and financial connections to the companies developing the plugins, or...

    2) Confirm you are requesting in official mod capacity that the plugin be updated into compliance and I will invoke copyright protections and pull the current GPL licenses. In return we'll revert the CAPTCHA back to the simple 2-D CAPTCHA it had as of 2007 specifically for compliance for the repo, and advise users that visit the page to visit our own page instead while explaining that a mod demanded in official capacity that we sacrifice security for 'guideline' compliance that are very selectively enforced. Then I'll let you do the honors of explaining to folks, especially Matt, how you lost the support of the only 3D CAPTCHA plugin author WP has by clearly and ineptly demonstrating your selective preference's precedence over the security of your community's sites by demanding a security feature BEING REMOVED from the plugin after being clearly explained and educated to it's security impact.

  7. Mike W
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 11 months ago #

    10. The plugin must not embed external links on the public site (like a "powered by" link) without explicitly asking the user's permission. Any such options in the plugin must default to NOT show the link.

    BTW, wouldn't it be cool if the WordPress core did this? ;) Just sayin'.

    Sorry if I sounded a bit direct, but I don't have time for shenanigans this week and asking 8 other people who have put their names on this plugin if it's ok to to risk their reputations on 'guideline' compliance that is wielded like a bat in a bully's hands, is not on my list of things I can add to my schedule this week.

  8. Mike W
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 11 months ago #

    Oh you can unlock the plugin now, it is "complaint".

    Exactly as suspected, BuddyPress can have a link by default, Askmet can be a plugin that doesn't work without a "code", but one line saying "This site is secured" and you disable the plugin and repo.

    Well, its compliant now, and Matt has a letter in the mail about the issue as well as a cancellation notice on the monthly donations to WordCamp. Your name is pretty bold, so he should know who's hand to shake.

  9. Mike W
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 11 months ago #

    I'm marking the topic as resolved. We will not be offering support here any longer.

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