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BEWARE: Hidden Link (13 posts)

  1. ladysham
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I would love to use this plugin, but the author has included a hidden link in the plugin back to his website. I am very protective of the links going from my website because it is a family oriented site. The fact that the text is colored such that it can't be read, but there is an icon there for the link, is a little deceitful. I would be glad to send a donation, but not when I can't control the link from the plugin. It appears to work well, but I will not use it because of this.

    Kelly

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/easy-popular-posts/

  2. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 3 years ago #

    It's doing more than just adding links. Looking through the code, it's also downloading itself from wordpress.org once a day, thus inflating the download count artificially.

    I have disabled the plugin due to these two behaviors. I will also be examining other plugins by this author, to check for the same behaviors. I've already found four or five.

    I've also contacted the author via his webpage. Hopefully, he'll respond.

  3. ladysham
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I didn't pick up on that. Glad I was looking closely. Thanks for checking it out further.

    Kelly

  4. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Given that he has a large number of plugins, I think some of this may be unintentional instead of deliberate. It looks like he went through a few versions of self-updater code in various incarnations.

    Nevertheless, that code needs to be removed.

  5. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Looking through some of his other plugins, it appears he's already done this in some cases.

    For example, look at the stats here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpresscom-stats-smiley-remover/stats/

    That huge spike was when the code downloaded itself once a day. However, he later removed that code, which accounts for it going back down again.

    Hopefully he can fix these plugins and eliminate the problems. When that happens, I'll re-enable them.

  6. christopherross
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    @ladysham, thanks for the email pointing this out for me.

    The plugin neither deceitful or including hidden links. It is however, under maintained. When the Widget code was added in an earlier version, a control panel wasn't enabled. The code to disable the credit line has always been there if called from PHP, but the Widget lacked the controls to enable it.

    I've added the code to control the Widget this morning.

    @otto, thanks for the email.

    The update code is legacy code, part of the code I use to update from my own servers before some became part of WP.org, I'll check the plugins today and make sure it's removed. I didn't realize it would affect the WP.org numbers.

  7. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I've re-enabled this plugin.

  8. Bart McLeod
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Sorry, this was off-topic. I started a new topic. Moderator, please remove my last two posts here.

  9. Bart McLeod
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Sorry about posting off-topic

  10. Tammy Hart
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Chris, can you tell us what the code to remove the credit link is? I can't find it in any of the documentation.

  11. christopherross
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi Tammy,

    If you're including the code in your template you can add "credit=0" to the arguments, or if you're adding it via the Widget menu, the option appears as part of the Widget settings.

    Chris

  12. jszurszewski
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    How do you reset the counts of which posts are popular?

  13. christopherross
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi Jszurzewski, sorry at the moment there is no method to reset the plugin.

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