I have a post about poetry which is getting spammed 5-10 times a day. Generally WordPress filters out the spam, but I’m being asked to approve obvious spam comments. Is there a way to fix this. I’m pretty close to deleting the post just to stop the spamming.
The blog I need help with is gentleandquiet.com.
Don’t delete the post and know that 5-10 times a day isn’t that big of a deal especially if Akismet is catching the spam for you. Your may want to look at any comments you have approved on that post in case a spam comment slipped by you.
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. Spam comes in waves. There are human beings who get paid to post spam. There are robotic programs that post spam.
There is no such thing as eliminating all spam but Akismet works very well. 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/
Note that the worst of all spam containing malware and viruses is not sent to us bloggers because if it were opened it would take down many blogs. Aksimet is a learning engine. 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.
On the spam that Akismet catches on 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 30 days from the time they were received, and then it will delete the comment automatically.
Set up comment moderation, if you have not already done so, because allowing anonymous commenting on your blog is like putting out the welcome mat for spammers.
This page > Settings > Discussion is where you set up defaults for comments. http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/
I reduce spam by using this setting:
3. Automatically close comments on articles older than __ days – This setting can be used to have comments closed on articles that are X days old. As an example, if you only want articles to accept comments for 30 days you would check the box and type 30 into the text field. http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/#other-comment-settings
And I moderate comments too. Comment moderation http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/#comment-moderation
Other comment settings
_Comment author must fill out name and e-mail
_Users must be registered and logged in to comment
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