WordPress.org

Ready to get started?Download WordPress

Plugin Reviews

BotBlocker

Kills spam-bots, leaves humans standing. No CAPTCHAS, no math questions, no passwords, just spam blocking that stops spam-bots dead in their tracks.

Average Rating
2 stars
2.5 out of 5 stars
3 stars
Works well by stopping a lot of spam from getting through but has a few flaws.
By , for WP 3.6.1

The plug-in needs an update badly. It does not seem to always work. I get some errors every now and then about there being duplicate methods and the file either not existing or being loaded twice (depending on what page of my site I visit). It also seems to only happen when my site gets lots of traffic. That said, when it works, it works very, very well, and it saves me a lot of comment moderation work.

This plug-in is the only one I tried that did not require an external component or API key. It was just designed to be dropped right into WordPress as a spam bot trap, and for that, it works well. If the plug-in was updated to remove the errors, I would give it 5 stars.

1 star
Identifies all genuine comments as spam
By , for WP 3.6

Thank God I tested this comment after activating it. It doesnt work. All comments are blocked as spam, even the human ones.

1 star
Unusable
By , for WP 3.5.2

The plugin just plain doesn't work. It incorrectly identifies all comments as spam. This plugin should really be removed from the WordPress repository.

1 star
Identifies "normal" comments as spam...
By , for WP 3.5

... that shouldn't happen at all! And:

- the "silent" mode is not very silent
- does not queue presumed spam into the moderation loop

1 star
Nice idea, but doesn't work
By , for WP 3.5.1

This is a really nice idea, but I tried all settings combined in all ways possible and it seems to always block ALL comments.
Useless then.

1 star
So overzealous, it's broken
By , for WP 3.5

Do not install this plug-in if you don't want to scare away your readers forever.

As a reader, I have made the same experience as everyone else with this plug-in: it seems to flag absolutely every human-written comment as spam. Considering how often my comments get rejected by it, I don't think I've ever gotten one past it, wherever it was installed. I doubt it's just a configuration problem either, considering how wide-spread these criticisms are. I agree that the seemingly only way to get a comment past BotBlocker is to be the admin of the site in question. Not very helpful. I have since learned that whenever I get a comment blocked by BotBlocker, it's futile to keep trying. People who like commenting on stuff will probably stop reading your blog as well.

I don't know what criteria it employs to decide whether a comment is spam, but I do know that it would do a better job at detecting spam if its verdicts were reversed. I can only repeat my warning: do not install this plug-in unless you want to completely alienate your userbase.

1 star
Blocks practically everything
By , for WP 3.5.1

Whatever it’s doing, it’s blocking 99.999% of comments.

1 star
BotBlocker 1.0.4 - did not work for me.
By , for WP 3.5

BotBlocker 1.0.4 - did not work for me.
blocked all comments,
crap code.

1 star
Abandoned and Broken
By , for WP 3.5

This plugin flags all comments as spam. I can only post a comment to my own site, if I'm logged in as admin.

What a shame. This seemed like a cool idea. :(

You must log in to submit a review. You can also log in or register using the form near the top of this page.