A quick glance at the most recently uploaded WordPress ideas shows that spam has once more been able to sneak onto the site. The spam attack isn’t just on the ideas section. Both the WordPress Hackers mailing lists and the Testers mailing lists occasionally get spam messages. Not only that, but the WordPress.org forum seems to get spam messages every day. Unlike most other forums or registration forms, the one used on WordPress.org does not contain any CAPTCHA images or any anti-spam measures. This could explain why spam is able to get through and be seen by many people. Although I must say, the administrators/moderators do a great job of tracking that stuff down and keeping it at bay but they can’t catch them all, at least initially.


WordPress.org Registration Form

To top things off, both the Ideas and WordPress.org Support forum don’t provide much in the way of post reporting. At least in the forum, if you come across inappropriate content, you’re supposed to flag that thread by adding the tag ‘modlook‘. This seems to have worked thus far but the technique requires that end users read the Forum Rules Forum Post which outlines this method. Who reads rules these days? Perhaps a REPORT button which is added to every forum thread or post which automates the task of adding the modlook tag would work out better with regards to community moderation?

With regards to the WordPress Ideas site, there is no RULES page which explains the type of content that can be added to that section of the site although each idea can have tags attached to it. End users can add modlook tags to ideas that require moderation, but this requires prior knowledge from the end users. Something a simple graphic button that says REPORT might be able to handle better. At least one member has proposed an idea similar to the one I just described which can be read here.

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While I don’t visit the Ideas site or the WordPress.org forums as often as I would like, it is a little concerning to see anywhere from 1-5 spam posts on those pages.

At least one person believed Pornamzon was a bad idea. You can see for yourself.


One Star For Porn Idea

Now I ask that you join in on the conversation by offering your thoughts on the spam problem the various WordPress sites/mailing lists are dealing with. What are some of your ideas on how the team could better handle the situation?