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Should plugin author be contacting me by email? (7 posts)

  1. Halo Diehard
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    I tested out a plugin, and now the plugin author appears to have my email and is sending me spam. I do not like. Is there a place I can report this, please?

  2. WilltheWebMechanic
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    Is it a plugin that you downloaded from the public repository here on wordpress.org ? If so, which plugin?

  3. Halo Diehard
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    Yes, I installed it on a test site from the add new plugins page. The plugin is ShareThis or Share This. I'm in the habit of not giving plugins my email, so I'm pretty sure they harvested it from my account. I'd deleted the plugin as it wasn't meeting my needs before receiving the email spam.

  4. Matthew
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    Please post this topic in the ShareThis support forum.

  5. Halo Diehard
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    I didn't want to mention it out in the open at all, my hope was there were proper channels to report it, because my thought was that it might be breaking a policy for hosting a plugin through wordpress.org. The other plugin doing it is Shareaholic.

    Going to the support forums now.

  6. Andrew
    Forum moderator
    Posted 6 months ago #

    You can report it to plugins@wordpress.org

  7. Shareaholic
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    Hi All,

    When the plugin is first installed, it directly sends a one-time notification email to the admin of the WordPress install with a link to customer support, etc. The email is designed to help the user get started.

    The email is handled similar to how WordPress now sends a notification email when automatic/background upgrades are done. ie. WordPress does not harvest email addresses and neither does Shareaholic. WordPress or the plugin directly sends the email.

    Related: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/are-you-pulling-admins-emails-from-their-wordpress-installs

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