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Exceptions to "Automatically close comments"?

  1. In order to cut down a bit on the daily wave of comment spam, I find it useful to turn on the Discussion option:
    "Automatically close comments on articles older than __ days,"
    I typically set it it to 365 days. And I find that the majority of comment spam is in fact attached to older posts.

    BUT, I have two or three of older blog posts that I WOULD like to leave open for comments. These happen to be "memorial" or "RIP" posts for deceased friends, and even after a few years, people still come by and want to add a comment on these posts. But I can think of a few other older posts provoking ongoing discussion that I'd like to leave open for comments even if they are older than the automatic limit of elapsed time.

    Any ideas for a workaround?

  2. I know of no way to get around this. When you set it to disable comments on posts older than 365 days, that is what it does. All posts older than that date have comments disabled.

  3. Just thinking, here. Would it work to establish a page for such comments, and link specific memorial posts to that page? It would require an extra click from visitors, but in such a case I don't see that being off-putting.

  4. panaghiotisadam
    Member

    Turn that Settings option off; then go to Posts, select all old posts, select "Edit" from the Bulk Actions dropdown, click Apply, select "Do not Allow" from the Comments dropdown, click Update; repeat for those "two or three" old posts, selecting "Allow".

    And please paste the URL of your blog when asking questions here, or link your username to your blog (as explained in the Sticky 8 Things to Know Before Posting). We usually need that to give a relevant answer.

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