Comment spam bombing

After such a long time, I finally got hit last night with 31 comment spams. Of course, I have WordPress set so that “Comment author must have a previously approved comment” before a comment appears. Everything was spam, so just two clicks and all were marked spam and moved from moderation. 🙂

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan works at Automattic. He's also a cat whisperer. Sometimes…a photographer, and card magician.

7 thoughts on “Comment spam bombing”

  1. Bryan, since the release of WP1.5, it has become much much easier to deal w/ Spam. The integrated tools work nicely with an 3rd party plugin or two to catch most of the stuff.

    I’ve yet to move to one of those Authenticate scripts that forces a commenter to enter a letter+number combination, but if I get hit badly again, I might move to it…they seem pretty imperviable.


  2. Ian: I’ll only resort to a comment spam plugin if they get through. I’m glad they haven’t, though. It’d just make for yet another thing I’d have to keep updating. I’ll do whatever I can not to resort to using a Captcha.

    Ria: It should take 15-30 minutes, if everything goes smoothly. It’s totally worth it. Totally.


  3. Yeah, I know…just overshooting the time allotment in case anyone else is reading – just to be safe. I wouldn’t want anyone jumping in without that extra time on their hands, if anything goes wrong. 😉


  4. I’ve actually been having some comment spam problems myself lately. The thing that really confuses me is, I also have WordPress set to ““Comment author must have a previously approved comment”, yet they’re showing up anyway without any interaction by me. Any tips?


  5. That’s really weird, and I’m not sure. Disable, update, and reenable that option? Maybe the forums might have some insight, because I’m not sure why that’d be the case.


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