I use a contact form plugin called "Contact Form 7") at my websites to allow readers to send me questions and queries.

However although I know that Site Protect is helping to keep the number of unreal questions/queries down, almost 100% of the ones that make it, are unreal. They are people advertising products/services, not real questions/queries about my website content.

I am wondering what other WA members do? I think that displaying a contact form looks way better than displaying an email address. The contact form plugin has a lot of functionally built in to help prevent unreal uses, but a number of them slip through.

I do get them to answer a simple addition question before they can complete the process.

Any thoughts?

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SantaFez Premium
Thanks for asking this question, I have been receiving spam emails too on CF7 - and was wondering what was going on.

Will look into the Captcha issue to get it sorted!

Merry Xmas - SF
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Elijah1916 Premium
I did ask this question recently. Because Contact Form 7 has its anti-spam, it goes against that of WA. With it ON YOUR WEBSITE, you might not be able to get comments on your website. You do not need to put email. Most theme comes with contact forms anyway to posts and pages, so all you have to do is to just put CONTACT US WITH YOUR COMMENTS ON THE FORM BELOW........., WE PROMISE TO ANSWER ALL QUERIES. THANK YOU.
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DynamicDavid Premium
Contact Form 7 has nothing whatsoever to do with the comments feature of WP posts and WP pages.

The main idea of a "contact form" is to allow people to send in queries or questions, that they do not wish to be displayed as public comments.

Sites hosted at WA can have Site Protect (spam blocker) which provides a level of protection.

Contact Form 7 has protection as well as that.

However, it can not protect against some human spam.

Using Site Protect AND Contact Form 7 did not protect me 100% against human spam.

Using this additional tool Google reCaptcha as well may protect me 100% against all spam, coming from my contact forms on my websites.

I implemented this earlier today, and will be able to review in the coming month or two.
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Elijah1916 Premium
Of course I know, and that is not what I am saying.
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sb4269 Premium
Great answer Lanu.
Bless You.
Sam and Deb
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SurfsideBob Premium
I use CF7 too David, and I also utilize Google reCaptcha to weed out spam. In fact, I get NO computer-generated spam at all. And before anyone goes to jump on me, Google re-Captcha is not a plugin, nor should it be confused with the Captcha plugin (by Mason Soiza/Stacy Wellington/ Unsecured Loans 4 U) that was removed from the WP Repository earlier this week.

What I am referring to is Google reCaptcha, which is a free service to protect against spam. You'll need to get a Google API Key, and also use a Site Key and Secret Key that they provide. I use 2 contact forms on my website design site - one for general inquiries and one for quotes. You can check it out on the one site on my profile page if you're interested.

Here's more info on Google reCaptcha. Peace. :-)
https://developers.google.com/recaptcha/
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DynamicDavid Premium
Thanks Bob, for this information.

After using the link you provided, I got the site key and the secret key.

**The information below is for anyone else
**who wishes to also implement this.

After doing a WA Help Search using "Google reCaptcha", I found a number of responses. The top training response when I did it hit the nail on the head. That is how good the WA Help Search engine is. I followed this and I have tested my contact form with the Google reCaptcha. It works. Hopefully no spam or people advertising products or services will no longer make it to my inbox in this manner. Happy Days.
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SurfsideBob Premium
Very simple to use, right? I've used Google reCaptcha on all of the sites I manage, extremely helpful. Merry Christmas David! :-)
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Elijah1916 Premium
David, this training is before WA have their own anti-spam bot, so a bit outdated. I am speaking about Contact Form 7
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DynamicDavid Premium
I don't think it is outdated. See my response to your earlier observation.

"Contact forms" and comments on WP posts are two completely different functions.

As you say, you could use the comments on WP posts feature as a Contact Form. However for me, that is not the way I am going to do it. There is nothing stopping you from doing it.

Thanks for chiming in.
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Elijah1916 Premium
MY FRIEND YOU ARE MISUNDERSTANDING ME. PERHAPS THE STUPID WA RANK IS MAKING YOU BELIEVE I AM A NOVICE.
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SurfsideBob Premium
First of all, writing in all caps comes off as shouting, which is unprofessional. And David's reply has nothing to do with a "stupid WA rank," which is a rude and quite defensive comment. Perhaps you could pose your question and/or reply in a way that is both polite and respectful.

Using CF7 and implementing Google reCaptcha absolutely does not prevent receiving comments on pages or posts. Comment forms are fine and certainly have their place, however they have their limitations as well.

For CF7 forms that I've customized for clients, 2 of them requested the ability for the email to include attachments, which a standard comment form will not permit. Comment forms also can not be customized as I have done in the Request for Quote form on a site of mine. https://catchawavedesign.com/pricing/

Hope this helps. Have a great evening and a Merry Christmas! :-)
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Elijah1916 Premium
YES SIR
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SantaFez Premium
Thanks for this advice - I am having the same problem as David, and am glad I ran "into" your reply =)
Cheers - SF
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