WP Simple SpamCheck
[resolved] Plugin does not work with Javascript disabled. (5 posts)

  1. inge12
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I tested this plugin on a test site.

    Attempting to leave comments resulted in a blank page--whether the comment was copied/pasted, a brief typed comment, or a longer comment.

    I checked the code, and it is probably because I disabled Javascript for testing purposes.

    In other words, the plugin requires Javascript. This should be stated in the Installation instruction. I have not tested it with Javascript enabled.


  2. Seji
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Same here. sometimes even when js is active blank screen issue happens (like sth was not kicking in, at least in Opera)

  3. sdesalas
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hiya Inge12, Seji:

    Thanks for taking time to test the WP Simple Spamcheck plugin and provide feedback. I appreciate your comments about the fact the plugin does not work with JavaScript disabled.

    Unfortunately I'm not planning to provide a version of the plugin that degrades gracefully in the event there is no javascript, for the following reasons:

    1. JavaScript being disabled is an edge-case not worth coding for in my opinion, as you are only catering to 1% of traffic, and these users will be accustomed to a degraded user experience.

    2. It would provide an exploit for spammers that is much easier to circumvent, reducing the effectiveness of the plugin.

    However, I do appreciate there was no warning of the fact the plugin will not work with JavaScript turned off, and that the user experience is affected (blank screen) and so I will:

    1. Update the plugin description in order to inform webmasters so they can choose alternative plugins that work without JavaScript.

    2. Redirect these requests to the page that submitted the comment - even though this means 1% of comments getting lost in the ether (I host several websites so I get way too many comments), the user experience will no be affected for these users.

    Steven de Salas

  4. Seji
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hey sdesalas,

    Thanks for your response. :)
    If possible, some sort of a pre-submit warning message or a post-submit comment would be nice just to give a simple info that user has to have js turned on to post a comment.

  5. sdesalas
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    Sure Seji, sounds like a straight forward change that is helpful for non-js users, without giving spammers any advantage.

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