*Jan looks for popcorn, gets coffee instead. Thankfully.*
These reviews and the replies sure are colorful for this plugin. Todd, you really need to refrain from implying legal threats as you've done in your other comments. You know what I am referring to and those comments were deleted.
Note: All comments and opinions below are mine and do not reflect the opinion of any other group that I may belong to. So there.
tl;dr I'm rating this plugin a 1 star. If this plugin were supported and provided functionality transparently then I may revise my review. But there is zero support for this plugin and I do not like having plugins that apparently serves to promote another commercial plugin.
Review begins below.
The Admin Pages
After I installed it I found this in the admin page.
That's a lot of way over the top advertisement don't you think? Especially when the admin part is this tiny little 2 check boxes.
Two small check boxes buried beneath all that "Sell! Sell! Sell!". I had to resize the font on my browser (that's why the font is tiny) to be able to see the whole thing.
But What Does This Plugin Actually Do?
As far as I can see, all this plugin does is generates a password for each comment such as "gpK9GOUxU1LM" or "Esxji4SW3dQ9" that the commenter must copy and paste from the field that is marked with "* Copy This Password *" and paste it into " * Type Or Paste Password Here *"
That's not really useful to me as all that does is introduce another barrier to my commenters. I find that using other plugins afford me comment protection as well as pingback and trackback protection.
Spam protection is not easy but while this is not as burdensome as a CAPTCHA (which I will never use on my sites) it does inhibit comments. To me that's not SPAM protection as much as it's "BUG YOUR USERS" protection. Yes that will stop bots (maybe, I installed it on a test blog and that doesn't get any comments) but I want to encourage real people to comment on my posts.
This doesn't really encourage that conversation. I may be looking for anti-spam magic™ but there are other plugins that do that successfully without adding anything obvious to the comment form.
Looking at the code your plugin that is hosted here is 100% GPL and I don't see any issues there. There are whole sections in the
includes directory that I do not think is even engaged but I didn't do any tracing.
I sure do not see that code in the sparse admin settings page.
THE. PLUGIN. PAGE. (insert dramatic sound track HERE)
Here's the problem I have with your plugin page on the WordPress repo.
The first 22 lines of your plugin page are dedicated to selling a plugin on your commercial site.
That's 288 words for an advertisement that has nothing to do with the plugin that is hosted on WordPress repository here.
Not counting the About the Author or the language list you dedicate a whole thirty three words to your actual plugin on that plugin page on the bottom like an afterthought.
(That's 33, 3 x 11, 30+3... well you get the idea.)
Only 11% of your verbiage has anything to do with your hosted plugin here and you toss in that last verbiage like an afterthought of "Oh yeah, I should probably talk about the plugin that I don't provide any support for."
Edit: Correction, it's a total of 321 words when you combine the text verbiage. So 33 divided by 321... *looks for paper* 10% of the verbiage at the bottom. *Drinks more coffee*
That's just thick. It's oversell plain and simple. You're using the space allocated to your plugin here to promote your other plugin that's not hosted here.
Now plugin support has always been optional and you do get points for coming right out and saying "There is no support for Spam Free WordPress"
Support (or lack of) should be a critical part of the decision to use a plugin. That statement alone would make me not consider using your plugin for real.
But using the plugin page here to shill for your commercial plugin? That's Just Not Cool™ Todd. Not cool at all.