Spam in Comments

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  • #1122407

    mdparker46
    Member

    Spam comments getting through filters with new ruses: including a phrase from the web page or from a good comment. Akismet is being fooled and letting the obvious spam in as valid comments.

    The blog I need help with is mdparker46.com.

    #1122530

    timethief
    Member

    That’s common. I even get spam that quotes my posts too. Please mark spam as spam so Akismet learns it is spam.

    #1122531

    mdparker46
    Member

    I’ve been enjoying for the last two years on WP how almost all of the spam is caught by Akismet. True, once or twice a message will get through that the human eye can see as spam yet Akismet lets pass (I have caught most all of these before they go to the weblog but I see them get through at times on other weblogs). But one piece of span every two or three months is not the same as my current situation where I am suddenly getting six to twelve spam messages every few hours in rapid succession. I have been marking them as spam so hopefully Akismet will begin to block them.

    I notice that they are all coming through Facebook and I therefore have yet another reason to avoid Facebook.

    #1122533

    timethief
    Member

    I notice that they are all coming through Facebook and I therefore have yet another reason to avoid Facebook.

    Spam comes in waves and as it’s said that everyone must have a facebook account guess where the spammers go to join up? They go to the largest online shopping mall and data mining operation there is. I’m with you ie. I don’t have a faceplant account.

    #1122534

    mdparker46
    Member

    I also notice that when you select the Facebook link it goes back to the registration page with the funny letters you’re suppose to copy to prove you’re not a bot … so they never actually become Facebook users yet Facebook allows them to be flagged as Facebook users … between Microsoft and Facebook we are all being severely challenged.

    #1122547

    I’m having the same problem. I thought I had it stopped by using the first part of the spammer’s ID [facebook.com/profile.php?id=10000034073] in a Comment Blacklist “block”, but after a few hours they started up again. I woke up this morning to 25 new spam comments that got through on my blog.

    The thing is, when I look at my spam folder, I found that particular spammer posted 192 comments in six hours, most of which were caught by Askimet. So I guess Askimet is doing it’s best.

    What’s even more annoying is that many of these fake comments are made to legitimate commenters on my blog, so those people are being notified that someone has responded to their comment.

    My only “solution” for now is to turn on Comment Moderation, which I really hate.

    #1122565

    timethief
    Member

    @mdparker46
    I noticed that too.

    @lindacassidylewis
    I moderate all comments and I’m surprised to hear that you hate doing that given these realities:
    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/

    #1122569

    But until now, Askimet has caught all but a few of my spam comments, so I’ve never felt the need to moderate.

    Am I using the wrong term? By moderate, I mean all comments are held for approval.

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