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Update deleted my content and replaced it with spam links (3 posts)

  1. Andrew228
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    One of the recent updates completely deleted the content I had in the bottom-of-every-post/bottom_of_every_post.txt file where you put what you want to appear at the bottom of every post. That content was replaced with links advertising his plugin and his website. So what he did was make it so the update deletes all your content and replaces whatever you have at the bottom of every post with spam links to his plugin and website, so he essentially used his plugin and the access it gave him to my site to spam his links on the bottom of every single one of my posts.

    Oh lovely.

    To say that this pisses me off is putting it mildly. If there's any way to report a plugin to WordPress I'm going to do it.

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  3. Corey Salzano
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks for trying my plugin. The update notes clearly stated that you should back up your text file. Here's what I wrote:

    "This update makes the plugin more effective at preventing my name and phone number from being shown on random websites that people do not update. If you accept this update, backup your bottom-of-every-post.txt file so you can restore the custom message you now have."

    The first version of this plugin had my personal phone number in the text file, because that's how I was using the feature. This was a huge mistake, and to this day I get calls from people who ask me how my information is showing up on their site! I seriously underestimated the amount of people that would install this plugin without reading any instructions. It seems that no one reads the update notes, either.

    This pain was necessary--I don't want my name and phone number on as many porn sites as it has been in the last year. I was willing to risk bad ratings from users like you who neglected to read the release notes I provide with each update.

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