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convicted stalker leaving distressing comments on my blog

  1. I have had a public blog on Word Press since August 2009 and never had any problems. Recently, a man signed up to follow my blog via email and he began leaving somewhat aggressive comments. Today he writes that he is a convicted stalker, and I googled him (as he suggested in his comment) and indeed, that is the case for this man.

    That said, what do I do ? Are there any ways Word Press can protect me from this kind of attention ?

    Thank you.
    Blog url: http://missrosen.wordpress.com/

  2. Please be aware that no one has control over your blog and what's posted on it except you. WordPress.com cannot protect you from receiving comments you don't appreciate. Provided you do not post any personal information on your blog or anywhere else online this troll will not be arriving on your doorstep.

    We cannot block or delete subscribers from public blogs. However, please read this about public blogs that become private blogs > Blog Privacy and Subscribers > http://wpcommaven.wordpress.com/2011/09/05/blog-privacy-and-subscribers/

    Note that you have complete control comment moderation. http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/#comment-moderation

    For trolls, you can “blacklist” them at Settings > Discussion toward the bottom of that page. Enter their email address, their username, and if they included it, their website. That will automatically send them to moderation so that their comments do not appear on the blog. Do note though that if they are determined, they can use a different email address or username to get around that. Also, do not put their IP address in the blacklist. IP addresses are no longer unique, and you might end up blocking legitimate visitors. Also, all they would have to do is go to a wi-fi hot spot, or connect via a different ISP and they could get around that.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/#comment-blacklist

    One other thing I would suggest is to set your blog so that first time commenters are held in moderation till approved, then from that point forward they will not need approval. Settings > Discussion. The next step on that of course is to set it so that all comments are held in moderation until approved. That way you are in control, and they might just get tired and go elsewhere after a while.

  3. If the comments are difficult for you to handle - as noted above set to moderate all then find a friend to deal with the comments - they would need to be Editor but not Admin - also you will receive email notice of the comments so set them up to go into a folder you don't need to look at often

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