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  1. I have someone spamming my contact me section with vulgar stuff.

    this is what i keep getting...

    Your Name: Josiah
    Comment: I want to make a withdrawal preteen beach nudism With pussy like that who cares about the face.
    Forum Username: Josiah
    Your Company: xjlORmhEHHlEtYkZJg
    Phone #: 43340589132

    Time: July 18, 2013 at 5:49 pm
    IP Address:
    Contact Form URL:
    Sent by an unverified visitor to your site.

    Is there a way to ban this ip address from visiting my site?

    The blog I need help with is

  2. So why did you reward the spammer by posting that crap here?

  3. didnt know it would post to the forums was tring to contact customer service or support or something.

  4. Note that you have complete control 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.
    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.

  5. didnt know it would post to the forums

    Oh, now I understand.

    To put this in perspective we all get zillions of spam like that every day of the week. Spammers are always trying to find new ways to get their links on our blogs. I do not use the comment blacklist because I am well aware that blocking by IP address is useless. IP addresses have not been unique for a decade. ISPs save money by placing hundreds of us in the same IP block. So using the blacklist for IPs means we may block legitimate commenters. Moreover, spammers can get a new IP in seconds flat and some have dynamic ie. ever changing IPs.

    May advice is stop wasting you time fretting over a single spammer.
    Akismet is a very accurate learning engine. The vast and overwhelming majority of all so-called information on the internet is spam. Over 80% of all so-called comments submitted to 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.

    The worst of all spam containing malware and viruses is not sent to us. It's removed as it could bring down many blogs if opened.

    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.

    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

  6. all of the comments are locked down but he is trolling the contact form. Im getting alot of emails with these type of messages.

    Hes not allowed to post on the site so thats not the issue.

  7. You can contact Akismet Staff directly

  8. I don't believe Akismet has ever been connected to the contact form. I suggest you just mark it as spam in your email program. It won't affect legitimate attempts to contact you, but will pre-screen contacts from that user or of that type.

  9. No, tt, the contact form is not protected by Akismet. I get emails via my contact forms and there is no way to stop incoming messages. The contact form protects you from revealing your email address while it allows readers to contact you directly.

    Unless I'm missing some key thing here, one can be spammed, or even just annoyed, by anyone who fills it in and sends. The contanct form shortcode is not the same as comments on a blog/site.

  10. @raincoaster and Tess
    Thanks so much for the heads up on that.

  11. @raincoaster,
    I'm not sure about it not affecting legitimate attempts to make contact. Perhaps it depends on the email client one uses? I just don't know.

  12. I continue to get legit comments through my contact form. The contact form contains the email they input, so I'd assume that's the email that gets flagged, not everything coming from the form.

  13. For example, the email we use at my job is really bad about eliminating spam. But if I use Mail (the Mac client) it does okay, but not with the contact form. I tried out, what was it? Thunderbird with FireFox and it seemed better, but I'm an old codger and have not yet changed over.

    At any rate, usually I simply don't respond to spams via contact and so far have not had much trouble with the issue. I never give away that they even reached me.

  14. hmm. That's a point.

  15. good point 1tess

    thanks for the responses.

    any way to make this message self destruct? lol

  16. Please keep in mind that these forums provide, for the most part, peer to peer support for questions about using this blogging platform. Staff comes in to assist when we volunteers cannot resolve a problem. And, most importantly, we keep the topics available for other users to search for information. Give yourself a pat on the back for asking a good question!

    I hope that a good deed a day keeps the doctor away?

    best wishes…

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