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[resolved] New SPAM levels are way way up! (10 posts)

  1. JVRudnick
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    normally, I get like less than 5 spammers trying to use comments on my twice weekly posts...and I both block their IP and toss same.

    but, in the past 3 weeks I'm suddenly getting like 100 a day...all from Europe - mostly from Poland and Germany.

    Pisses me off....and yes, I've just tightened up my filters...but I was just wondering if anyone else has been having these new idiots too?

    :-(

  2. Krishna
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Are you using anti-spam plugins?

  3. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    That's the (very annoying) nature of spammers/bots - they seem to "discover" a site - anti-spam plugins are the best way to cope with it.

  4. JVRudnick
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    yes....I've tightened up the site as much as I can...my spam count today was down to 13...so that's a positive sign....

    just wondering more about "where" this spam is from more than how to stop same...

    anyone else getting .pl & .de comment spams?

  5. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Yes, it's VERY common.

  6. JVRudnick
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    okay, can someone look at this for me and tell me if I'm correct in my thinking here?

    in Settings > Discussions > Comment Blacklist....

    can i use this string - 178.238.234.* - to indicate that ALL IPs within that range via the asterisk will be unable to leaave comments?

    ie does the * work?

  7. JVRudnick
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    DOES no one know this...

    I ask once again as I see IPs getting into the site to spam my comments BUT they should be blocked by the *

    ???

    anyone? is there something I'm not doing correct????

  8. Krishna
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    There are two boxes there for blocking certain visitors. Even if you have only 178.238.234 (no need of star - read the note there), WordPress will stop any such IP with that part. I think even 178 should do, but it would have a much larger coverage. Similarly, in the lower box add words or parts of words (one below the other) that you commonly find in spams, such as escort, payday, loans, etc.

  9. JVRudnick
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    then sadly NO IT DOES NOT WORK...and in my WP notes on the Discussion page there is NO note about an * being used either!

    I blocked out as I said - 178.238.234.* - and today I got three from
    178.238.234.105 and 178.238.234.107

    therefore use of the & (asterisk) as a wildcard to block out all of the last 3 digits...does NOT work....

    sigh....

  10. Krishna
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    These are the notes:

    When a comment contains any of these words in its content, name, URL, e-mail, or IP, it will be held in the moderation queue. One word or IP per line. It will match inside words, so “press” will match “WordPress”.

    Comment Blacklist, which almost looks similar also has:

    When a comment contains any of these words in its content, name, URL, e-mail, or IP, it will be marked as spam. One word or IP per line. It will match inside words, so “press” will match “WordPress"

    So, the IP without the wildcard may work. You have to actually test and see what suits you.

    Also, try the box that says Comment author must have a previously approved comment.

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