How do I block a specific person from commenting on my blog?
I really need help with this.
Someone I used to know abroad who I am no longer in contact with has been consistently commenting on my blog, writing strange and cryptic messages.
Is there anyway I can block this person from getting through to my blog and leaving these comments?
The blog I need help with is jenniferbalcombe.wordpress.com.
You can’t block a specific person, but you can set your comments so that an administrator must approve them first, and that way you have control of them, and can delete them without anyone else ever seeing them. Then that person may well just get bored by the lack of effect. You can also use the comment blacklist. Both these options are in dashboard>settings>discussion.
Go to settings > Discussion > Comment Blacklist.
Write the name / url / IP of the person you wish to block in the big box.
Whatever you do don’t block the IP as nandobase suggests. If you add an IP to the blacklist then you will unwittingly be blocking hundreds (or more) of people. Many people now share an IP address, and the person could easily change IP anyway, or use a proxy.
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 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. 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.
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.
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