Akismet Anti-Spam

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Version Release Date Change Log
4.1.6 2020-06-04

Release Date - 4 June 2020

  • Disable "Check for Spam" button until the page is loaded to avoid errors with clicking through to queue recheck endpoint directly.
  • Add filter "akismet_enable_mshots" to allow disabling screenshot popups on the edit comments admin page.
4.1.5 2020-04-29

Release Date - 29 April 2020

  • Based on user feedback, we have dropped the in-admin notice explaining the availability of the "privacy notice" option in the AKismet settings screen. The option itself is available, but after displaying the notice for the last 2 years, it is now considered a known fact.
  • Updated the "Requires at least" to WP 4.6, based on recommendations from https://wp-info.org/tools/checkplugini18n.php?slug=akismet
  • Moved older changelog entries to a separate file to keep the size of this readme reasonable, also based on recommendations from https://wp-info.org/tools/checkplugini18n.php?slug=akismet
4.1.4 2020-03-17

Release Date - 17 March 2020

  • Only redirect to the Akismet setup screen upon plugin activation if the plugin was activated manually from within the plugin-related screens, to help users with non-standard install workflows, like WP-CLI.
  • Update the layout of the initial setup screen to be more readable on small screens.
  • If no API key has been entered, don't run code that expects an API key.
  • Improve the readability of the comment history entries.
  • Don't modify the comment form HTML if no API key has been set.
4.1.3 2019-11-13

Release Date - 31 October 2019

  • Prevented an attacker from being able to cause a user to unknowingly recheck their Pending comments for spam.
  • Improved compatibility with Jetpack 7.7+.
  • Updated the plugin activation page to use consistent language and markup.
  • Redirecting users to the Akismet connnection/settings screen upon plugin activation, in an effort to make it easier for people to get setup.
4.1.2 2019-05-14

Release Date - 14 May 2019

  • Fixed a conflict between the Akismet setup banner and other plugin notices.
  • Reduced the number of API requests made by the plugin when attempting to verify the API key.
  • Include additional data in the pingback pre-check API request to help make the stats more accurate.
  • Fixed a bug that was enabling the "Check for Spam" button when no comments were eligible to be checked.
  • Improved Akismet's AMP compatibility.
4.1.1 2019-02-15

Release Date - 31 January 2019

  • Fixed the "Setup Akismet" notice so it resizes responsively.
  • Only highlight the "Save Changes" button in the Akismet config when changes have been made.
  • The count of comments in your spam queue shown on the dashboard show now always be up-to-date.
4.1 2018-11-12

Release Date - 12 November 2018

  • Added a WP-CLI method for retrieving stats.
  • Hooked into the new "Personal Data Eraser" functionality from WordPress 4.9.6.
  • Added functionality to clear outdated alerts from Akismet.com.
4.0.8 2018-06-19

Release Date - 19 June 2018

  • Improved the grammar and consistency of the in-admin privacy related notes (notice and config).
  • Revised in-admin explanation of the comment form privacy notice to make its usage clearer.
  • Added rel="nofollow noopener" to the comment form privacy notice to improve SEO and security.
4.0.7 2018-05-28

Release Date - 28 May 2018

  • Based on user feedback, the link on "Learn how your comment data is processed." in the optional privacy notice now has a target of _blank and opens in a new tab/window.
  • Updated the in-admin privacy notice to use the term "comment" instead of "contact" in "Akismet can display a notice to your users under your comment forms."
  • Only show in-admin privacy notice if Akismet has an API Key configured
4.0.6 2018-05-26

Release Date - 26 May 2018

  • Moved away from using empty( get_option() ) to instantiating a variable to be compatible with older versions of PHP (5.3, 5.4, etc).
4.0.5 2018-05-26

Release Date - 26 May 2018

  • Corrected version number after tagging. Sorry...
4.0.4 2018-05-26

Release Date - 26 May 2018

  • Added a hook to provide Akismet-specific privacy information for a site's privacy policy.
  • Added tools to control the display of a privacy related notice under comment forms.
  • Fixed HTML in activation failure message to close META and HEAD tag properly.
  • Fixed a bug that would sometimes prevent Akismet from being correctly auto-configured.
4.0.3 2018-02-19

Release Date - 19 February 2018

  • Added a scheduled task to remove entries in wp_commentmeta that no longer have corresponding comments in wp_comments.
  • Added a new akismet_batch_delete_count action to the batch delete methods for people who'd like to keep track of the numbers of records being processed by those methods.
4.0.2 2017-12-18

Release Date - 18 December 2017

  • Fixed a bug that could cause Akismet to recheck a comment that has already been manually approved or marked as spam.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause Akismet to claim that some comments are still waiting to be checked when no comments are waiting to be checked.
4.0.1 2017-11-06

Release Date - 6 November 2017

  • Fixed a bug that could prevent some users from connecting Akismet via their Jetpack connection.
  • Ensured that any pending Akismet-related events are unscheduled if the plugin is deactivated.
  • Allow some JavaScript to be run asynchronously to avoid affecting page render speeds.
4.0 2017-09-19

Release Date - 19 September 2017

  • Added REST API endpoints for configuring Akismet and retrieving stats.
  • Increased the minimum supported WordPress version to 4.0.
  • Added compatibility with comments submitted via the REST API.
  • Improved the progress indicator on the "Check for Spam" button.
3.3.4 2017-08-03
  • Disabled Akismet's debug log output by default unless AKISMET_DEBUG is defined.
  • URL previews now begin preloading when the mouse moves near them in the comments section of wp-admin.
  • When a comment is caught by the Comment Blacklist, Akismet will always allow it to stay in the trash even if it is spam as well.
  • Fixed a bug that was preventing an error from being shown when a site can't reach Akismet's servers.
3.3.3 2017-07-13

Release Date - 13 July 2017

  • Reduced amount of bandwidth used by the URL Preview feature.
  • Improved the admin UI when the API key is manually pre-defined for the site.
  • Removed a workaround for WordPress installations older than 3.3 that will improve Akismet's compatibility with other plugins.
  • The number of spam blocked that is displayed on the WordPress dashboard will now be more accurate and updated more frequently.
  • Fixed a bug in the Akismet widget that could cause PHP warnings.
3.3.2 2017-07-06

Release Date - 10 May 2017

  • Fixed a bug causing JavaScript errors in some browsers.
3.3.1 2017-05-02

Release Date - 2 May 2017

  • Improve performance by only requesting the akismet_comment_nonce option when absolutely necessary.
  • Fixed two bugs that could cause PHP warnings.
  • Fixed a bug that was preventing the "Remove author URL" feature from working after a comment was edited using "Quick Edit."
  • Fixed a bug that was preventing the URL preview feature from working after a comment was edited using "Quick Edit."
3.3 2017-02-23

Release Date - 23 February 2017

  • Updated the Akismet admin pages with a new clean design.
  • Fixed bugs preventing the akismet_add_comment_nonce and akismet_update_alert wrapper functions from working properly.
  • Fixed bug preventing the loading indicator from appearing when re-checking all comments for spam.
  • Added a progress indicator to the "Check for Spam" button.
  • Added a success message after manually rechecking the Pending queue for spam.
3.2 2016-12-07

Release Date - 6 September 2016

  • Added a WP-CLI module. You can now check comments and recheck the moderation queue from the command line.
  • Stopped using the deprecated jQuery function .live().
  • Fixed a bug in remove_comment_author_url() and add_comment_author_url() that could generate PHP notices.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause an infinite loop for sites with very very very large comment IDs.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the Akismet widget title to be blank.
3.1.11 2016-05-12

Release Date - 12 May 2016

  • Fixed a bug that could cause the "Check for Spam" button to skip some comments.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent some spam submissions from being sent to Akismet.
  • Updated all links to use https:// when possible.
  • Disabled Akismet debug logging unless WP_DEBUG and WP_DEBUG_LOG are both enabled.
3.1.10 2016-04-01

Release Date - 1 April 2016

  • Fixed a bug that could cause comments caught as spam to be placed in the Pending queue.
  • Fixed a bug that could have resulted in comments that were caught by the core WordPress comment blacklist not to have a corresponding History entry.
  • Fixed a bug that could have caused avoidable PHP warnings in the error log.
3.1.9 2016-03-28

Release Date - 28 March 2016

  • Add compatibility with Jetpack so that Jetpack can automatically configure Akismet settings when appropriate.
  • Fixed a bug preventing some comment data from being sent to Akismet.
3.1.8 2016-03-04

Release Date - 4 March 2016

  • Fixed a bug preventing Akismet from being used with some plugins that rewrite admin URLs.
  • Reduced the amount of bandwidth used on Akismet API calls
  • Reduced the amount of space Akismet uses in the database
  • Fixed a bug that could cause comments caught as spam to be placed in the Pending queue.
3.1.7 2016-01-04

Release Date - 4 January 2016

  • Added documentation for the 'akismet_comment_nonce' filter.
  • The post-install activation button is now accessible to screen readers and keyboard-only users.
  • Fixed a bug that was preventing the "Remove author URL" feature from working in WordPress 4.4
3.1.6 2015-12-14

Release Date - 14 December 2015

  • Improve the notices shown after activating Akismet.
  • Update some strings to allow for the proper plural forms in all languages.
2.5.10 2015-10-13
  • Closes a potential XSS vulnerability.
2.6.1 2015-10-13
  • Closes a potential XSS vulnerability.
3.0.5 2015-10-13

Release Date - 13 October 2015

  • Closes a potential XSS vulnerability.
3.1.5 2015-10-13

Release Date - 13 October 2015

  • Closes a potential XSS vulnerability.
3.1.4 2015-09-24

Release Date - 24 September 2015

  • Fixed a bug that was preventing some users from automatically connecting using Jetpack if they didn't have a current Akismet subscription.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause comments caught as spam to be placed in the Pending queue.
  • Error messages and instructions have been simplified to be more understandable.
  • Link previews are enabled for all links inside comments, not just the author's website link.
3.1.3 2015-09-03

Release Date - 6 July 2015

  • Notify users when their account status changes after previously being successfully set up. This should help any users who are seeing blank Akismet settings screens.
3.1.2 2015-06-24

Release Date - 7 June 2015

  • Reduced the amount of space Akismet uses in the commentmeta table.
  • Fixed a bug where some comments with quotes in the author name weren't getting history entries
  • Pre-emptive security improvements to ensure that the Akismet plugin can't be used by attackers to compromise a WordPress installation.
  • Better UI for the key entry field: allow whitespace to be included at the beginning or end of the key and strip it out automatically when the form is submitted.
  • When deactivating the plugin, notify the Akismet API so the site can be marked as inactive.
  • Clearer error messages.
3.1.1 2015-04-28

Release Date - 17th March, 2015

  • Improvements to the "Remove comment author URL" JavaScript
  • Include the pingback pre-check from the 2.6 branch.
3.1 2015-03-11

Release Date - 11th March, 2015

  • Use HTTPS by default for all requests to Akismet.
  • Fix for a situation where Akismet might strip HTML from a comment.
3.0.4 2014-12-11

Release Date - 11th December, 2014

  • Fix to make .htaccess compatible with Apache 2.4.
  • Fix to allow removal of https author URLs.
  • Fix to avoid stripping part of the author URL when removing and re-adding.
  • Removed the "Check for Spam" button from the "Trash" and "Approved" queues, where it would have no effect.
  • Allow automatic API key configuration when Jetpack is installed and connected to a WordPress.com account
3.0.3 2014-11-03

Release Date - 3rd November, 2014

  • Fix for sending the wrong data to delete_comment action that could have prevented old spam comments from being deleted.
  • Added a filter to disable logging of Akismet debugging information.
  • Added a filter for the maximum comment age when deleting old spam comments.
  • Added a filter for the number per batch when deleting old spam comments.
  • Removed the "Check for Spam" button from the Spam folder.
3.0.2 2014-09-02
  • Performance improvements.
  • Fixed a bug that could truncate the comment data being sent to Akismet for checking.
3.0.1 2014-07-10
  • Removed dependency on PHP's fsockopen function
  • Fix spam/ham reports to work when reported outside of the WP dashboard, e.g., from Notifications or the WP app
  • Remove jQuery dependency for comment form JavaScript
  • Remove unnecessary data from some Akismet comment meta
  • Suspended keys will now result in all comments being put in moderation, not spam.
3.0.0 2014-04-15
  • Move Akismet to Settings menu
  • Drop Akismet Stats menu
  • Add stats snapshot to Akismet settings
  • Add Akismet subscription details and status to Akismet settings
  • Add contextual help for each page
  • Improve Akismet setup to use Jetpack to automate plugin setup
  • Fix Update Check for Spam to use ajax to avoid page timing out
  • Fix Akismet settings page to be responsive
  • Drop legacy code
  • Tidy up CSS and Javascript
  • Replace the old discard setting with a new "discard pervasive spam" feature.
3.0.0-RC1 2014-04-11
2.6.0 2014-03-18
  • Add ajax paging to the check for spam button to handle large volumes of comments
  • Optimize javascript and add localization support
  • Fix bug in link to spam comments from right now dashboard widget
  • Fix bug with deleting old comments to avoid timeouts dealing with large volumes of comments
  • Include X-Pingback-Forwarded-For header in outbound WordPress pingback verifications
  • Add pre-check for pingbacks, to stop spam before an outbound verification request is made
2.5.9 2013-08-01
  • Update 'Already have a key' link to redirect page rather than depend on javascript
  • Fix some non-translatable strings to be translatable
  • Update Activation banner in plugins page to redirect user to Akismet config page
2.5.8 2013-06-20
  • Simplify the activation process for new users
  • Remove the reporter_ip parameter
  • Minor preventative security improvements
2.5.7 2012-12-13
  • FireFox Stats iframe preview bug
  • Fix mshots preview when using https
  • Add .htaccess to block direct access to files
  • Prevent some PHP notices
  • Fix Check For Spam return location when referrer is empty
  • Fix Settings links for network admins
  • Fix prepare() warnings in WP 3.5
2.4.1 2012-07-18
  • Security fix for wp_redirect() calls (thanks xknown)
2.5.6 2012-04-26
  • Prevent retry scheduling problems on sites where wp_cron is misbehaving
  • Preload mshot previews
  • Modernize the widget code
  • Fix a bug where comments were not held for moderation during an error condition
  • Improve the UX and display when comments are temporarily held due to an error
  • Make the Check For Spam button force a retry when comments are held due to an error
  • Handle errors caused by an invalid key
  • Don't retry comments that are too old
  • Improve error messages when verifying an API key
2.5.5 2012-01-11
  • Add nonce check for comment author URL remove action
  • Fix the settings link
2.5.4 2012-01-06
  • Limit Akismet CSS and Javascript loading in wp-admin to just the pages that need it
  • Added author URL quick removal functionality
  • Added mShot preview on Author URL hover
  • Added empty index.php to prevent directory listing
  • Move wp-admin menu items under Jetpack, if it is installed
  • Purge old Akismet comment meta data, default of 15 days
2.5.3 2011-02-08
  • Specify the license is GPL v2 or later
  • Fix a bug that could result in orphaned commentmeta entries
  • Include hotfix for WordPress 3.0.5 filter issue
2.5.2 2011-01-14
  • Properly format the comment count for author counts
  • Look for super admins on multisite installs when looking up user roles
  • Increase the HTTP request timeout
  • Removed padding for author approved count
  • Fix typo in function name
  • Set Akismet stats iframe height to fixed 2500px. Better to have one tall scroll bar than two side by side.
2.5.1 2010-12-17
  • Fix a bug that caused the "Auto delete" option to fail to discard comments correctly
  • Remove the comment nonce form field from the 'Akismet Configuration' page in favor of using a filter, akismet_comment_nonce
  • Fixed padding bug in "author" column of posts screen
  • Added margin-top to "cleared by ..." badges on dashboard
  • Fix possible error when calling akismet_cron_recheck()
  • Fix more PHP warnings
  • Clean up XHTML warnings for comment nonce
  • Fix for possible condition where scheduled comment re-checks could get stuck
  • Clean up the comment meta details after deleting a comment
  • Only show the status badge if the comment status has been changed by someone/something other than Akismet
  • Show a 'History' link in the row-actions
  • Translation fixes
  • Reduced font-size on author name
  • Moved "flagged by..." notification to top right corner of comment container and removed heavy styling
  • Hid "flagged by..." notification while on dashboard
2.5.0 2010-12-07
  • Track comment actions under 'Akismet Status' on the edit comment screen
  • Fix a few remaining deprecated function calls ( props Mike Glendinning )
  • Use HTTPS for the stats IFRAME when wp-admin is using HTTPS
  • Use the WordPress HTTP class if available
  • Move the admin UI code to a separate file, only loaded when needed
  • Add cron retry feature, to replace the old connectivity check
  • Display Akismet status badge beside each comment
  • Record history for each comment, and display it on the edit page
  • Record the complete comment as originally submitted in comment_meta, to use when reporting spam and ham
  • Highlight links in comment content
  • New option, "Show the number of comments you've approved beside each comment author."
  • New option, "Use a nonce on the comment form."
2.4.0 2010-08-23
  • Spell out that the license is GPLv2
  • Fix PHP warnings
  • Fix WordPress deprecated function calls
  • Fire the delete_comment action when deleting comments
  • Move code specific for older WP versions to legacy.php
  • General code clean up
2.3.0 2010-06-15
2.2.9 2010-06-02
  • Eliminate a potential conflict with some plugins that may cause spurious reports
2.2.8 2010-05-27
  • Fix bug in initial comment check for ipv6 addresses
  • Report comments as ham when they are moved from spam to moderation
  • Report comments as ham when clicking undo after spam
  • Use transition_comment_status action when available instead of older actions for spam/ham submissions
  • Better diagnostic messages when PHP network functions are unavailable
  • Better handling of comments by logged-in users
2.2.7 2009-12-17
  • Add a new AKISMET_VERSION constant
  • Reduce the possibility of over-counting spam when another spam filter plugin is in use
  • Disable the connectivity check when the API key is hard-coded for WPMU
2.2.6 2009-07-20
  • Fix a global warning introduced in 2.2.5
  • Add changelog and additional readme.txt tags
  • Fix an array conversion warning in some versions of PHP
  • Support a new WPCOM_API_KEY constant for easier use with WordPress MU
2.2.5 2009-07-16