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Disabling Commenting on older posts, how? (7 posts)

  1. Flumbph
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Due to the massive influx of spam comments in the last few days (200-250 per day for me) I've turned off commenting altogether and plan on leaving it off indefinitely (yes, the spammers finally won as far as I'm concerned).

    However there are several hundred older posts which still have the comment tick box enabled. I'm not about to go thorugh each one and turn comments off for each post, life is too short for that nonsense.

    I'm wondering if there's a way to turn off comments for past/older posts en masse? If not, it's a feature that's sorely needed.

    I've already had to change my email address on the site so I don't get flooded with comment approval emails.

    Since spam comments have gotten so out of hand if there's not a way to disable commenting on OLD posts (the main switch is set to off now for any new posts) I'm just going to abandon this section of my site entirely and start fresh with something that offers more options.

  2. Michael_
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    It seems being spammy today.

    There exist some plugins for this purpose, e.g.
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugins/Auto_shutoff_comments

    Also, you should use an anti spam plugin:
    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/72930

  3. Flumbph
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Unfortunately I tried the akismet plugin but looking in my Dashboard there's no API key mentioned there anywere.

  4. Chris_K
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    wordpress.org/support/topic/72930 - look closer at the Akismet section.

  5. VeronicaRose
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Yes - you should try the Akismet thing, but in the meantime can't you go to 'Options,' then 'Discussion,' and just untick the box that allows commenting on your blog? That should apply the rule across all posts, right?

  6. charle97
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    no, that only determines the default setting for subsequent posts after the setting is chosen.

  7. VeronicaRose
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Oh, oh. I better go get unticking on some of my posts then. Good thing I hang around here.

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