When it comes to spam, comments are one of the first things that comes to mind. However, spam user registrations can be just as prolific on sites with open registration. Leland Fiegel, founder of Themetry, has developed a new plugin called Stop Signup Spam that prevents users from registering an account if their email or IP address is on the Stop Forum Spam database. Stop Forum Spam is a free service that records reports of spam registrations from blogs, forums, wikis, and more. Stop Signup Spam integrates with the WordPress registration form and Restrict Content Pro. Fiegel launched a new site over the weekend and despite not announcing it, it received a handful of spam registrations. After Googling the registrants’ email addresses, he discovered a number of them were reported on Stop Forum Spam’s site. “I had never heard of Stop Forum Spam before, but it is basically an Akismet equivalent for forum sign up spam,” Fiegel said. “I noticed they had a dead link to a WordPress plugin. I looked up the Stop Forum Spam API documentation and built a basic one myself a couple of days ago. I submitted it to WordPress.org and it was approved within a day.”
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