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 is a Trust & Safety Wrangler at Automattic. He's also a photographer, card magician, and cat whisperer. (Thanks to my friend and colleague Steve Blythe for the sweet photo!)

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.

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  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.

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  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. 😉

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  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?

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  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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