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  • Resolved bertlio

    (@bertlio)


    Hello artiosmedia,
    Thanks for the great plugin, it’s really useful!

    Would we have any chance to have an option to limit by IP as well? This would contribute to reduce fake accounts created for spamming… Thanking you in advance for considering this feature!

    Cheers.

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  • Plugin Author artiosmedia

    (@artiosmedia)

    Thanks, Bertlio. Would you elaborate a bit further about the overall function that you are suggesting. How exactly it would work, as if explaining in detail what the function and settings would entail? I will certainly consider it.

    In the meantime, your personal feedback is coveted, where due to the limited need of such plugin, the feedback and installations are dismal. I don’t want to chance WordPress discontinuing the plugin due to lack of interest. https://wordpress.org/support/plugin/limit-comments-and-word-count/reviews/#new-post

    Thanks very much!
    Artios Media

    Thread Starter bertlio

    (@bertlio)

    Hello artiosmedia,
    I’m so sorry for the late reply… I didn’t get a reply email notification from WordPress Forums, so I thought that you haven’t replied to my suggestion yet. Thanks for your prompt response!

    Some of my websites allow users to comment without manual approval/moderation, which means that comments pass through a filter and then published automatically if it passes the spam tests…

    Setting the plugin to frequency of X comments per day per role is effective… However some spammers are creating fake accounts to increase their total combined frequency of X comments per day… So with 1 IP and multiple fake accounts, they are able to spam the comments section…

    So I believe that having an additional option to Limit Per IP will reduce them in their tracks…

    Thanking you in advance for considering this feature!

    Cheers,
    Bertrand.

    Plugin Author artiosmedia

    (@artiosmedia)

    Thanks for the follow-up, @bertlio.

    While I now understand your request, it does exceed the viable parameter of the plugin’s function. IP limits can be extremely tricky, especially with servers behind a reverse proxy, firewalls such as Sucuri and Wordfence, and XMLRPC gateway protection as examples. In addition, if a person plans to network-activate a IP limit script plugin on a WordPress MultiSite, that is another level of challenges.

    Your best bet is to deploy a plugin that is dedicated for this purpose in combination with “Limit Comments and Word Count”. I would suggest trying WP Bouncer by Andrew Norcross of strangerstudios. https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-bouncer/ I have no experience with it personally, but it is popular for your purposes, it is free although it has not been updated in about a year.

    There are a variety of additional plug-ins which offer the same basic functionality. They include WP Ban, IP Ban, Simple Security, IP Blacklist Cloud, and Login Security Solution. It is important to note that while they offers some similar functionality many of these plug-ins also offer additional features but they fundamentally operate by tracking the login attempts of specific IP addresses.

    There is a paid module, that I have used: Magic Kicker. For $30, it might be worth the cost in your case: https://www.magicmembers.com/magic-kicker/

    Hope this helps!

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