Support » Plugin: Honeypot for Contact Form 7 » Spam still getting through

  • Not effective. I suspect having the field labelled “honeypot” makes it dead easy for robots to avoid.

    • This topic was modified 3 years, 4 months ago by mazunga.
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  • Thread Starter mazunga


    Ignore the first comment, but what’s to stop a bot reading the page’s html and finding:

    <span id="wpcf7-5c53b321de0c9" class="wpcf7-form-control-wrap contact-123-wrap" style="display:none !important; visibility:hidden !important;"><input class="wpcf7-form-control wpcf7-text" type="text" name="contact-123" value="" size="40" tabindex="-1" autocomplete="nope" /></span>

    There are some giveaways in there, not so?

    How smart does a bot have to be to ignore that?

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 4 months ago by mazunga.
    Plugin Author Ryan


    Ultimately, all honeypots work in this way. But you’re right, if a bot is specifically programmed to look for hidden fields and ignore them (remember, there are reasons that fields could be hidden that are not related to being a honeypot), they won’t be caught by a honeypot. That said, the plugin has features that help mask this as much as possible — such as moving the style off the element (into <style> tags) and the ability to re-write the HTML in any way you feel would improve the honeypot’s disguise.

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