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SPAM comments from "Lista de Emails"

  1. About 30,000 (!) SPAM comments have now been received with the handle "Lista de Emails" with the website address "acertemail.com"

    At what point is WordPress going to permanently block these, or is this somehow affiliated with WordPress?

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

  2. I just deleted 76 spam comments that tried to get onto my blog since yesterday, mostly from lista de emails. They use about half a dozen different domains and appear to be based in Brazil. WordPress seems to think spam filtering is sufficient, and I'll grant that they do a great job of that, but I can't go through 76 blocked comments a day to find the legitimate comments, so this spammer is doubtless killing legitimate comments that get misidentified as spam.

    WordPress needs to block spammer IP addresses, not just filter.

  3. Been discussed multiple times.

    For some reason WP refuses to block them.

  4. Have you not noticed that the IP addresses are dynamic (ever changing) and the email addresses are also ever changing? How in Hades does that allow for blocking? Answer: it doesn't.

  5. @gmcgath
    Let me be blunt and inform you that I click the button on thousands every day, not the paltry number you report, and I don't consider that to be a big deal at all.

    The vast and overwhelming majority of all so-called information on the internet is spam and much of it is pornography? Over 80% of all so-called comments submitted to free hosted WordPress.com blogs every day is spam.

    Over 80% of all so-called comments submitted to .wordpress.com blogs every day are spam. Akismet is sequestering the spam you point to. On the spam that Akismet catches it takes only seconds to scan the pages, remove any false positives, and click "empty spam".

    You don't even have to click "empty spam" if you don't want to. Akismet will maintain comments it has caught for 15 days from the time they were received, and then it will delete the comment automatically.

    If you get spam that slips by Akismet then mark it as spam (do not delete it) and over time Akismet will learn it's spam.

    For more information please take the time to read "5 things every blogger should know about spam" on this page Akismet: How it works http://akismet.com/how/

    If you have et up the blog for anonymous commenting that does not require an email address and/or website URL then do be sure to set up full comment moderation ie. "An administrator must always approve the comment" because anonymous commenting is bound to increase the amount of spam your blog will receive. http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/#comment-moderation

  6. sensuouscurmudgeon
    Member

    I complained about that freak a few months ago, and it seems there's nothing to be done about him. However, he wouldn't keep doing what he's doing if he weren't getting through to several blogs. Why can't staff search for blogs that have accepted his comments and just purge them? Bloggers who accept such stuff are ruining this place for all of us.

  7. However, he wouldn't keep doing what he's doing if he weren't getting through to several blogs. Why can't staff search for blogs that have accepted his comments and just purge them? Bloggers who accept such stuff are ruining this place for all of us.

    I have witnessed so many blogs with spam comments posted on them that I could SCREAM! New bloggers are so desperate for comments that they are approving and posting spam.

  8. sensuouscurmudgeon
    Member

    New bloggers are so desperate for comments that they are approving and posting spam.

    That's an abuse of the system which encourages spammers and harms us all. I see nothing wrong if staff were to routinely delete such stuff with no warning. It's no different, really, than the way they strip out potentially harmful code. I don't know how to make the suggestion, but it ought to be something for them to consider.

  9. All you have to do to make this a suggestion to Staff has been done. :) I tagged this thread so it's moved to the Ideas Forum.

    Maybe I should publish a scathing rant re: bloggers who post spam comments on their blogs. However, I hesitate to do that as because I once used the word stupid in a post on the same subject a a politically correct and very sensitive special snowflake threw a fit here in a forum thread.

    We live in confused times. We adults see m to have forgotten that it's the reader that gives power to any words directed to them. Sticks and stones break bones but only a bonehead will embrace the words and idiot directs to them and then Boo Hoo!

  10. P.S. I apologize for the typos and grammar errors I pulled an all-nighter to get my contracted work done and I'm running on empty.

  11. sensuouscurmudgeon
    Member

    If staff are mulling this over, they should consider that their removal of spam from a blog's comments is actually a service to the blogger. I can imagine a newbie's being desperate for comments, but he probably doesn't realize that a blog full of obviously spammy comments will definitely discourage traffic. The impression a visitor would get is that no one is paying attention, so it's not worth spending any time there.

    Oh, and if staff actually decide to do this, please make an announcement about it. It's nice to let us know what's going on.

  12. ...but I can't go through 76 blocked comments a day to find the legitimate comments

    @gmcgath Generally speaking, you don't even need to. Akismet does a great job of catching spam in the Spam filter. If it's there, there's a very high probability that it is indeed spam. You can hit the "Empty Spam" button with confidence to empty spam immediately, or as tt said above, the spam folder will automatically delete spam older than 15 days. http://en.support.wordpress.com/unwanted-comments/

    If you need some reassurance about how well Akismet is doing its job on your site, click the Akismet Stats link in your site's Dashboard.

    And for the future, when you post in these forums, please give us the direct link to the WordPress.com site you need help with. Thanks!

  13. I removed the modlook and don't think this thread deserves a place in the ideas forum.

    Staff does not (usually) look at blogs hosted here, nor should they do so without a reason such as for technical assistance.

    Staff interfering with which and what comment a wp.com user approves would be a big invasion of privacy. Take a moment to consider this aspect of staff arbitrarily removing comments from individual blogs.

    Akismet is not a "Big Brother" which controls which comments are displayed on individual blogs. Nor would we want him (her? it? that?) to act that way!!!

  14. timethief: You say you have time to go through thousands of spam comments a day and then that you had to work all night to do your contracted work. Have you ever considered that there's a connection between the two? Every amount of time consists of "seconds"; the question is how many.

    What sense would it make _not_ to click "empty spam"? Then I have to go through a constantly growing pile of spam each time to find any legitimate comments.

  15. Dynamic IP addresses can be blocked in ranges. If persistent spam comments come from spam.spam.spam.20 and then from spam.spam.spam.40, the solution is to block spam.spam.spam.*, not to whackamole the addresses one at a time.

  16. Didn't ever get much spam until I shared my 2012 WordPress report. Now I'm getting thousands, mostly this lista de email. So it must have latched onto those reports.

  17. @johnsills52
    Note: That spammer is not single person or even a single bot. It or they are using multiple IPs and email addresses but you don't need to worry about this as Akismet catches them all.

    On the spam that Akismet catches it takes only seconds to click "empty spam" and you don't even have to click "empty spam" if you don't want to. Akismet will maintain comments it has caught for 15 days from the time they were received, and then it will delete the comment automatically.

    If you get spam that slips by Akismet then mark it as spam (do not delete it) and over time Akismet will learn it's spam.

    The vast and overwhelming majority of all so-called information on the internet is spam. Over 80% of all so-called comments submitted to .wordpress.com blogs every day are spam.

    For more information please take the time to read "5 things every blogger should know about spam" on this page Akismet: How it works http://akismet.com/how/

  18. @TT, thanks but if WP think its users are going to wade through 6-12 pages of spam every day, mostly "lista de emails" to check if there's a false positive, then you really don't understand your users' experiences.

    As with everything via WP, it's mostly free, so no big moan. It's just surprising that you can't stop "lista de emails" spam.

    Am not a programmer but at some stage, can't there be a filter "if comment includes the string "lista de emails" then delete"

  19. @namawinelake- I believe what tt is saying is that if the comment is in the Spam folder you can safely ignore it. If you find spam in your real comments, mark it as spam so that Akismet learns it is spam. Take a moment to read the link she gave.

    Akismet deals with tens of millions of spam messages every day. If you need some reassurance about how well Akismet is doing its job on your site, click the Akismet Stats link in your site's Dashboard.

  20. Again, these and the SEO ones should be blocked at the server level without ever being allowed to be posted.

    Users should never see them at all. They should not be in our Spam folders for us to have to delete.

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