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[resolved] How to force new users to contribute before they can register (10 posts)

  1. Tammie Earl
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hello and thanks in advance for any help!

    I would like to force new users to contribute some sort of text to my wordpress blog - either a comment or an article post - before they can register.

    Is there a plug-in for that? I googled it and didn't really find anything helpful but maybe I missed something?

    Thanks again, I really appreciate any help available.

  2. Tammie Earl
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hm. I'm thinking through the question and feel I should clarify. So what I want to do is force them to make a comment on an already posted article. They must post a comment at the same time they are registering. New users cannot register unless they are commenting - something like that. Anyone have ideas? I'm just sick of the deadbeats who are trying to register for no good reason.

  3. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Settings -> Discussion -> check "Users must be registered and logged in to comment"?

  4. Tammie Earl
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks Esmi! You are always so helpful! Yes I see that option but what I'm trying to do is force a new user to comment at the same time they register. Now that I'm thinking it through, I'm realizing it's almost impossible. Dumb idea! lol

  5. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I've never seen a plugin that could do this and I wouldn't even know where to begin trying to code this. Suffice to say that it would be very complex.

    What about using something like http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/stop-spammer-registrations-plugin/ I'll bet that 99% of these nuisance registrations are spam bots.

  6. Tammie Earl
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Cool! Thanks Esmi! Yes I'm quite sure it's an automated thing. Why do they do it - what is the benefit?

  7. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Some bots are so stupid that they'll literally complete and submit any form in the hopes that every 1 in 1000 is a comment form on an unmoderated blog.

  8. Tammie Earl
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hmm. Well I installed that plugin you suggested and when I was adjusting the settings I got nervous. It said that it's very aggressive and could accidentally block ME out. So I created a couple more administrator accounts and will continue to deal with the junk mail for now. You know come to think of it, most of the spam is coming from two or three different sources so I could just block them and probably solve most of the issue without having that over-aggressive plug-in. What do you do, esmi, to control this?

  9. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I rarely - if ever - allow anyone to register on my sites. TBH, I don't see the point in random strangers registering on your site in most case.

  10. Tammie Earl
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    gotcha. thanks so much for your help!

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