Versions of concrete5 feature rudimentary anti-spam tools, including an IP ban-list and captcha support, but no unified settings page for managing these items. Furthermore, there is no support for any captcha besides the SecureImage library, which is a bit long in the tooth (and somewhat ineffective), nor is there any support for a third party anti-spam service like Typepad Anti-Spam or Akismet. We would like to change this in concrete5 5.5.

Solution: for both captcha libraries and anti-spam libraries, we will create new wrapper libraries, and turn captcha and anti-spam libraries into packageable libraries which can be installed and selected in a Dashboard Spam Control settings page. By default, both SecureImage (the default captcha) and ReCaptcha support will be included, and a sample plugin for Akismet will be included.

Download Complete Specifications

Our plans and desires for the Authentication Framework have been completely spec'd. Download PDF >

Help Make This Happen

We would love community help with this, with code submitted through Github pull requests to the official concrete5 project repository.


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Figure out how to help this happen, or give us feedback in this discussion thread.