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For inactive blogs turn comments off after 60 days to prevent spam

  1. dje
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    If a blogger stops posting and effectively abandons their blog then comment spam that escapes akismet can build up without being dealt with. So even if one spam in 1000 gets through, if the blog is no longer monitored, the spam will be posted.

    Sensible bloggers turn off comments on older posts, but fair weather bloggers can (and do) abandon blogs with no further thought.

    Something that would help this would be to have a feature that after a fixed time period, the ability to make new comments, trackbacks and pings is stoppped.

    I think this should be in the core rather than as a plugin, because it is precisely the bloggers who try blogging for a while and give up that would not bother to search out plugins or consider this.

    A step further could be that as the 60 day limit is reached, some (maybe last 45 days) comments are deleted in case any of these are spam.

    Also a warning could be posted to the admin of the blog to warn them of the situation.

    The time limit could be customisable if bloggers had special annual posting schedules. 60 days is just a suggestion.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  2. Christiaan
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    Yeah, nice idea.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  3. "If a blogger stops posting and effectively abandons their blog then comment spam that escapes akismet..."

    ...does not matter, does it?

    I'm using Akismet, and it works very very well. I also have a "no links" policy for comments: they complement each other and spam is not an issue now.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  4. dje
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    Sure, Akismet is brilliant. But 1 in 1000 or so do creep in. Comment spam untreated pollutes the blogosphere for everyone. (Even if the comments have rel=nofollow in the links).

    It was just a suggestion, there may be better ways to deal with abandoned blogs.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  5. flyingcrow
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    "If a blogger stops posting and effectively abandons their blog then comment spam that escapes akismet can build up without being dealt with."

    It does matter, it takes up space on servers. I'm pretty sure that even the spam that does not escape Akismet sits on the server until it is deleted, manually or automatically. And if a blogger does not log into WP, does the automatic deletion of comment spam even happen?

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  6. dje
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    I notice on the latest version of the Akismet plugin that you can tick a box that means spams on posts over a month old are automatically discarded. Which I think is great, but it does not address the issue above of what happens when the odd spam gets through.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  7. chriso84
    Member

    The combination of akismet and a simple no links policy for comments is quite sufficient for me, i very rarely get any spam. i can understand that not everyone would like having a no links policy. So such a feature could be of some use.

    Posted: 5 years ago #
  8. Jen Mylo
    Key Master

    Go to Settings>Discussion. You can set it to turn off comments after x days there.

    Posted: 5 years ago #

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