Improve WordPress registration

  1. Inactive

    Incorporating Akismet is a non-starter for me due to Akismet's ridiculous fees for non-profits. We're already on a shoestring budget, I pay for some things out of my own pocket, and Akismet wants to charge $50 per month. No way.

    Posted: 11 years ago #
  2. mahmood

    The spam registration is a none-issue, but the registration as a whole in WordPress is a major issue!

    When someone simply can assume the identity of a registered user at will, there is something seriously wrong.

    The WordPress community should most definitely think of better role management with the least to think about is if a username is already registered, don't allow anyone else to use it!

    So forget about automated bots, that is a problem yes, but an even bigger problem is user roles in WordPress which must be looked into immediately for future growth of the platform.

    Mahmood Al-Yousif, Bahrain

    Posted: 11 years ago #
  3. jfb1138

    I'll certainly back Mahmood's take on the issue.

    But I do have problems with spam registration, getting several hundred over the past two months.

    Moderation of registration would probably help with the majority of my spammers. I wouldn't mind an additional verification step on the registration form either.

    Posted: 11 years ago #
  4. Tom Belknap

    I've been watching the spam registration trend with consternation for the last few months. But generally, I have to agree with Mahmood's growing chorus and say that the concept of registration in general needs to be re-thought for WordPress. That goes double for MU, but of course, this is the wrong forum for that discussion, I suppose.

    The thing is: if the registration code isn't re-thought more widely, we'll end up with CAPTCHA or some other stop-gap measure instead of something unified. It has less to do with "what works," and more to do with "what works for this blog." Personally, I could ditch the entire .ru TLD without consequence, but I could see how that could be a problem for Russian sites, as one example. So, a new Registration Options page is probably in order, with at least the following:

    1. Enable CAPTCHA, quiz tests or other verification. Maybe introduce some hooks so we can get creative?
    2. Blacklist that allows email address, domain or TLD listings
    3. User registration moderation options
    4. Possibly a new user role that is probationary, where all comments are moderated until their role is bumped up to a standard "subscriber" role.
    5. Maybe not for the options page, but perhaps some REGEX guru could come up with something that is a bit more supple for dealing with email addresses?

    Posted: 11 years ago #
  5. thesysop

    The best registration spam stopper I have seen is 'textual confirmation' which uses a databast of your own questions and answers. It's used as a plugin for PHPBB (http://bbantispam.com/tc/ ) Now all we need is a WordPress version

    Posted: 11 years ago #

  6. Inactive

    > Now all we need is a WordPress version
    It is done under the name of Advanced Textual Confirmation. Here are the installation instructions: http://bbantispam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=285
    It works fine on my blog.

    Posted: 11 years ago #
  7. Jamie Thingelstad


    I don't have any real suggestions for how to make this issue go away, but I will add my voice that it's a problem. I'm seeing several to over a dozen fake registrations at one of my sites.

    Posted: 11 years ago #
  8. xxangel

    I'm definitely one of the people who would like to see spam protection during registration in the future. I'm having 3 people sign up per day with spam e-mails, which are clearly spam, but the domains change from one to another.

    Posted: 11 years ago #
  9. sugan

    Will WP User Moderation plugin solve this issue?


    Also we are working on a new Plugin called WP User Manager, this allows to add extra fields (text, testbox, dropdown etc..), also we can choose to get the details of these extra fields during registration.

    these extra fields can be used to define the custom quetions to avoid spam rgistrations.

    Posted: 11 years ago #
  10. dlo

    The Sabre plugin is an appropriate answer to this issue.

    You can check it at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sabre

    Posted: 11 years ago #

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