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[Plugin: Multi Author Comment Notification] Spam? (10 posts)

  1. jensimmons
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    This plugin sounded like it would fix I problem I have. But turning it on requires registration — giving MaxBlogPress your name and email (which I did) and then confirming that email (fine) through a process that included reading down very a spammy and disgusting sales pitch for ways to improve traffic to your site or something.

    NO WAY

    This doesn't seem like a legitimate open source plugin to me. It seems like a infommercial-esk scam for selling crap. Now I wish I didn't give them my contact info. I'm sure I'll see spam from them.

    I didn't go through the rest of the enable process. I turned it off and deleted it. And hope it didn't spam up my WordPress install or database.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/multi-author-comment-notification/

  2. a_johnson
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I did the exact thing and I got all the spam too. I was not happy in the least.

  3. a_johnson
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Update: I did go to that guys site and removed myself from the lists I never joined. It seemed to work as I haven't been spammed in a day or so.

    I'm really surprised someone from WP or the forums here haven't commented in this thread. If an extension that has a valid reason to have registration comes along, there is no way I will use it. Others that see this thread won't either. This harms the WP community, all for one spammer trying to pull a fast one.

  4. jensimmons
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Yup, the very next day I was getting spam email from them. Even though their install process PROMISED they would not use my email for anything other than registration. In other words, they lied.

    This plugin should be taken off wordpress.org. The whole purpose of having a central, curated plugin repository is to keep out the spammers. This module might not have spam code (we don't know if it does or not), but it does have a scheme for spamming people.

  5. Sarogahtyp
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Dont set up yourself!

    Just use 10 minute mail to register...

    http://10minutemail.com/10MinuteMail/index.html

  6. maxblogpress
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    @jensimmons: The registration there is to support the development of the plugin. However, once you register the plugin, you don't have to go through the registration process again for any other of our plugin.

    You can rest assure that we won't send you any spam without your permission. If you don't like our newsletter then you can simply unsubscribe form it by following the link at the bottom. (The unsubscribe link is always there at the bottom of every email we send).

    The unsubscribe process is automatic and instant.

    - Pawan Agrawal
    http://www.maxblogpress.com

  7. maxblogpress
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Update: I did go to that guys site and removed myself from the lists I never joined. It seemed to work as I haven't been spammed in a day or so.

    There's no way we'll ever subscribe you ourself. Every newsletter subscription goes via double optin process. The only way you ever receive email from us is by registring the plugin and then clicking on the confirmation link on the confirmation email.

    As, I said above. You can unsubscribe anytime by following the unsubscribe link at the bottom of email we send.

    I'm really surprised someone from WP or the forums here haven't commented in this thread. If an extension that has a valid reason to have registration comes along, there is no way I will use it. Others that see this thread won't either. This harms the WP community, all for one spammer trying to pull a fast one.

    If you don't like our newsletter then you don't have the right to say us spammer. There are thousands of our subscribers who loves our newsletter and looks forward to every new one.

    - Pawan Agrawal
    http://www.maxblogpress.com

  8. maxblogpress
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Yup, the very next day I was getting spam email from them. Even though their install process PROMISED they would not use my email for anything other than registration. In other words, they lied.

    It seems you haven't read properly what we had written in the registration form. There was clearly written that you'll receive maxblogpress newsletter after you activate the plugin. Now, it seems like you are spreading the false information here.

    This plugin should be taken off wordpress.org. The whole purpose of having a central, curated plugin repository is to keep out the spammers. This module might not have spam code (we don't know if it does or not), but it does have a scheme for spamming people.

    Give me some proof that we are spamming people? The spammers hide behind anonymous email and website, never possible to reach. You know my website, you know from where to contact how can I be a spammer.

    Also, spammers look for quick rip off from people. They, don't build website like us. They, don't provide free plugin support like us. They, don't create dedicated forum for providing free support for the free plugins like us. They don't update plugins with new features for free like us. They don't fix bugs in the plugins for free like us.

    I think you should appreciate what we are doing for free just for making you try our free newsletter.

    - Pawan Agrawal
    http://www.maxblogpress.com

  9. MichaelH
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I think you should appreciate what we are doing for free just for making you try our free newsletter.

    That alone might be a breach of hosting plugins at the WordPress plugin repository.

    Interesting this wp-hackers thread http://lists.automattic.com/pipermail/wp-hackers/2010-January/029887.html

  10. maxblogpress
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I followed the whole thread. There's still debate on the donation link and I for sure agree that donation link should be allowed. The developer is already releasing his/her theme/plugin on GPL license. It itself tell the user that they can remove the donation link if they don't like. It doesn't mean author shouldn't put their donation link.

    Mike said it very well than me:

    Serious Question:

    If someone devotes their time and energy into creating a plugin and/or theme and offers it up via GPL-licensing to the community, is it really so bad for them to put a link in their admin section asking for donation, even if it does request them to link to the blog or click a button that says "I already donated?" It's GPL so anyone who wants can fork it and get rid of it if they like. Some developers may not want their clients to see a donation button, but shouldn't that developer who is getting paid give a little back to the plugin/theme developer who helped them get paid? It seems like being against this is like "biting the hand that feeds..." (with some thumping NiN cords in the background... :)

    Also, while I also don't see why it's so bad to have an external link on a theme (i.e. not in the admin console), I can see where some might feel that is over the top but still they are providing a valuable service; why shouldn't they be able to get a link? Again, the user can modify the GPL theme if they like and remove the link.

    I do see where they shouldn't imply that it must be paid to license it because that would violate the GPL, but if it's made clear it is only a request for donation, what's wrong with that?

    -Mike

    - Pawan Agrawal

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