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How do I report a Stalker?

  1. Does WordPress have an anti-stalker/bullying agenda? If so, where would one make a report? What is needed to alert WordPress of a stalker/bully? Other than the page where the email, IP is recorded on the settings, since the stalker/bully can make infinite numbers of emails and stalk/bully from whatever computer they can get their hands on.

    The blog I need help with is secretsinterrupted.wordpress.com.

  2. The word "stalker" is a legal term that applies only if your are referring to someone in real life. It does not apply to those who have public blogs, which are open to everyone on the internet to read, to subscribe to and is open to comments.

    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 we have complete control comment moderation. http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/#comment-moderation If your blog is public others can, of course, read it. They can submit comments but you can Moderate all comments and choose which ones to approve or not.

    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 as for many years now ISPs have been saving money by placing hundreds of us in the same IP block. 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. P.S. If there is a person who is truly stalking you by following you and spying on you in real life - call the police and take legal action.

  4. Yeah, I've got it all set up for moderation. I do appreciate your feedback - you were very quick to answer my question, so I thank you for that. :)

    You know there is a legal term - cyber-stalking, which is something I've dealt with, unfortunately, for over five years from the same person. This person is now hovering over my blog.

    I understand there is a limit to what you can do. I was just wondering where WordPress stood on this type of harassment.

    Again, thank you for your quick and thorough response to my inquiries on this matter.

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