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Featured plugin: http:BL (2 posts)

  1. Marcel Bokhorst
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Since a few days I am using the http:BL plugin of Jan Stępień. About 25% of my page views was from harvesters, comment spammers and the like. These visits are now blocked, saving resources and making my statistics (visitors, page views, etc) more reliable. I would like to submit this relatively unknown, but very usefull plugin as a featured plugin. How can I do this?

  2. barry.timm
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I've installed the same plug-in, but it does not seem to be blocking anything. I have received hundreds of spam comments from the same IP in Sweden, and though Akismet is categorizing the spam as....spam, I ws hoping that http:BL would be actually blocking the IP.

    In the end, instead of having to review and delete the hundreds of spam messages, I blocked the spammer via .htaccess, and the spam has stopped.

    Is this not what http:BL plug-in should be doing automatically? I've reviewed the very scarce documention from the plugin and am unsure if I have configured it correctly, or even if the plugin IS meant to actually block the spammer, so would appreciate any advice on what the plugin is meant to actually accomplish.

    This is what I've implemented:

    1. Signed-up at Honeypot for an account
    2. Installed a Honeypot on my hosted WordPress blog
    3. Added the honeypot links to various pages on my blog
    4. Created a subdomain and donated the subdomain as a public site via the MX redirection records.
    5. Installed the http:BL WordPress plugin and configured the API key and other parms.
    6. Checked that the Honeypot implemention status was good, and everything says it's working.

    But...am now getting loads more spam comments, and no way to see what http:BL is doing for me (if anything). Honeypot says I have zero spam...when I have hundreds of comment spam.

    Help!

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