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2.1 flooded with spam (27 posts)

  1. mfiorentino
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    After having installed 2.1, I am suddenly finding myself being flooded with spam messages in my moderation queue, plus I keep getting e-mails from the moderation queue even if I have moderated comments as being spam. Others having the same problems? It is like the Akismet plugin all of a sudden has stopped functioning...

  2. rbenson
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I am not, by chance did you reenable it after upgrading?

  3. mfiorentino
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Yes, I did. I have just tried turning it off then on again. Let us see what happens...

  4. bylto
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Yep, me too, 1 comment every 30 mins or so now, very bad

  5. mfiorentino
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Didn't help. I still get all spam directly to my moderation queue. Akismet has stopped working... What to do?

  6. linda_fraikin
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I'm (still) using the old version and have been a victim of spam attacks for the last couple of days (compared to the occassional message slipping through previously)... Anybody know what to do?

  7. plutone
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    You may find http://protectwebform.com a good help. But I did not yet try it on WP 2.1.

  8. mfiorentino
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Is there any way I can check up on the Akismet functionality? See if there is some error somewhere? I just like to get any pointer towards a solution, please. Anyone? Pretty please?

  9. boerbabe
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Since going to 2.0.something or other, I've been getting about 60 spam messages in queue a day. However, I'm choosing to look at this two ways- one is that my posts are indexing better and being noticed, even if it is by the spybots, and two is that at least they are in my queue and not on my blog.

  10. mfiorentino
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    boerbabe: Oh you're absolutely right, but it is still way more cumbersome to constantly getting e-mails about irrelevant postings and handling them manually, than to have Akismet do the work for you.

    But the "indexing better" theory does not apply to me - the Akismet spam count at my site is constant whereas all spam ends up in my moderation queue - hence Akismet is non-functional. And it would be great to have it up and running again... :-)

  11. boerbabe
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Hmmm... I'm guessing you checked your settings for the plug-in and there's nothing weird about them? I'm not sure what to suggest besides maybe turning notification off and just checking it whenever is convenient to you until it can be fixed.

    I'm waiting until more of my plug-ins can be used with the new version before I update to 2.1- the last update I did because of the security issues posted, but it was a pain because most of the plug-ins I was using didn't work with that version.

  12. Samuel B
    moderator
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Check the Akismet version - it should be1.8 if you upgraded to WP 2.1.
    Folks aren't uploading the wp-contents folder where the new Akismet is.
    Also, I recommend using Bad Behavior with Akismet.

  13. mfiorentino
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    My Akismet is 2.0, not 1.8, and no settings has been changed since I upgraded... Can't understand why Akismet should be 1.8 - have tried to download 2.1 again just to be sure and Akismet is still v2.0 there...?

    Have installed Bad Behaviour, but I would still like to get Akismet back to work again...

  14. Doodlebee
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Folks aren't uploading the wp-contents folder

    Samboll - for the record - they aren't because the directions to upgrade to 2.1 say not to. (I just upgraded my blogs today, and there's a specific line in the upgrade instructions that says to NOT overwrite your wp-content folder.) I didn't do it either. I'm now off to check my Akismet stuff in my curent upgrades...

    but just in case you didn't notice, that's why no one is upgrading the wp-contents folder.

  15. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Y'know, there's really no reason not to upload it (even thought the "instructions" say not to) - it only overwrites identical file names, so it would overwrite for instance /themes/default/ and /plugins/hello.php, but not your special themes (one caveat: that's what happens on MY server - YMMV).

  16. boerbabe
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    The files names are the same, but are the contents?

  17. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    If the file names are the same, they'll be overwritten regardless the contents (and be sure you see the previous caveat: YMMV!!)

  18. Ghidra99
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    vkaryl,

    I wouldn't recommend that to people. In theory, that's what should happen, but you never know.

    Someone should put a notice up on the Upgrade instructions to make sure to upload the new version of Akismet to their plug-ins folder.

  19. frenchvanillacoffee
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Hm, guess this is why my version is 1.2.1 but is working fine?

    I renamed the old folder to OldAkismet before upgrading, yet it didn't upgrade my version.

    Off to search

    Edit: resolved. Akismet was listed twice in my plugins and I didn't see 2.0 sitting there, waiting to be activated

  20. frenchvanillacoffee
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    *resolved*

  21. Chris_K
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    don't rename the old one. Get it out of the plugins directory or WP will still see the old plugin file. Essentially, you have akismet in there twice.

  22. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 7 years ago #

    And the version that comes with WP 2.1 is Akismet 2.0 (not 1.8). That's the one you want to be using. Any others should be deleted.

  23. Keilya
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I've have been having this problem as well since Ella 2.1 It seems as if Akismet has been letting some spam through. Anyhow, I've deleted the akismet folder on the server and reuploaded it again. Hope it works well this time. (:

    Akismet is such a lifesaver!

    PS. Oh and regarding the issue of people not knowing they had to upgrade Akismet, I'm 100% positive the upgrading instructions DID state something about Akismet. If not, I don't think I would have upgraded it. (Which I did.)

  24. thatcanadiangirl
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I'm also having terrible issues with Akismet letting spam through - Approx 5/hr for my higher traffic blog, and a dozen a day for the low-traffic ones I manage.

    I reinstalled Akismet, double-checked my API key was still valid, etc on my main blog, but still no success in stopping the spam. It also doesn't seem to be version specific, since the blogs vary from the late 1.* versions to latest 2.1 of WP, and Akismet versions also vary accordingly.

    And it isn't clever spam either, it's casinos, britney nude, medication, all the most obvious stuff.

    Is it possible that the Akismet filter itself is being too lenient and letting junk through for everyone?

  25. Keilya
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    As a follow up to post above. Deleting Akismet 2.0 and reuploading it didn't really solve the problem. :( I think I'll go check out Bad Behaviour it this persists.

  26. Keilya
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    And as another follow up, I think this would explain things well: http://blog.akismet.com/2007/02/05/cluster-upgrade/

    I happened to stumble across it today. (: Currently, no spam is getting through for me.

  27. geoffe
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    If you don't need trackbacks, make sure that all ping_status values in your posts table is set to 'closed'.

    There is no global option to disable trackbacks as far as I'm aware.
    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/106361

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