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  • Resolved catmaniax



    I see that this plugin has not been updated recently and the support threads have not been answered, so I was wondering if it will get any future updates and be maintained with new features, and most importantly new security updates.

    Since many hack attacks rely on holes and vulnerabilities of plugins, using outdated plugins could be a a big risk for getting your site hacked.

    Please let me know.

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  • Plugin Author Pat O’Brien


    Not dead. In fact the plugin says to use my site for support and not this forum since I don’t get notifications.

    If you’re aware of a vulnerability please let me know, rather than scaring people away.

    And where does it say that?

    I’m not scaring anyone away, I was just asking.

    And you should be more active here, since this is the place where your plugin is hosted and downloaded and not your site.

    Plugin Author Pat O’Brien


    It says it on the sidebar of the plugin settings page once installed.

    You’re right I should be more active here. The problem was previously there was not a way to get notified of new posts. It’s since changed. However previously when notifications were not available checking this everyday has slowly fallen off the priority list due to other projects I’m working on.

    Anyways, as said before – if you’re aware of some security hole in this plugin please let me know. I follow the WP release cycle closely, and I am not aware of any security problems within this plugin. As a result, there’s no need to update it for the sake of updating it.

    I’ll look into the two button combination to see how to implement that. It’s the first I’m hearing of it (do people really just press R on the keyboard by accident?), so I’ll need to research.

    This plugin is offered for free, and I do my best to keep it updated in my spare time.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 11 months ago by  Pat O'Brien.
    • This reply was modified 1 year, 11 months ago by  Pat O'Brien.
    Plugin Author Pat O’Brien


    Using a hotkey and a modifier could cause some other issues, too with the browser’s native controls. For example a user could enter CTRL+R to want to get a random post, but CTRL+R is refresh on most browsers.

    Shift+R could work though. Maybe it’s a matter of saying to avoid using CTRL.

    So having a modifier may introduce more problems. Again, still researching.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 11 months ago by  Pat O'Brien.

    Thanks for the reply.

    Shift+R would be a nice addition 🙂

    Actually I just remembered why I disabled the plugin in the first place. It seemed to have caused a 500 error on my site, maybe a conflict with another plugin?

    I will try it again and let you know.

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