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[resolved] spam questions (3 posts)

  1. MarkGrieveson
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hello. I have a localhost install. I currently get some spam, but because I set my wordpress up with "Comment author must have a previously approved comment", they go into moderation queue first. I mark them as spam, and then I delete them.

    So, my question is, does this do anything? Does the marking of a comment as spam block that user/IP address from spamming me again? Does my installation learn from my marking something as spam? Hopefully, otherwise I'm not sure what the point of having the option to mark things as spam would be.

    Also, if I keep the posts in the spam folder, am I simply helping the spammers accomplish what they set out to do by having their hyperlinks existing somewhere on my site (though not visible, but still somewhere in the spam folder)? If I delete the posts, then does it affect the ability of my WP installation to block that IP address/user from future spams (IE, does the spam database become zero, or is a record set regardless?).

    Also, when I mark stuff as spam, does the information go into my Comment Blacklist? It doesn't appear to, but I would like it if it did.

    I use Linux, so I'm wondering if there is a way to tie in either bogofilter or spamassassin into the functioning of WordPress.

  2. Hello. I have a localhost install. I currently get some spam, but because I set my wordpress up with "Comment author must have a previously approved comment", they go into moderation queue first. I mark them as spam, and then I delete them.

    How do you get spam on a localhost install? Do you have your local install open to the internet?

  3. MarkGrieveson
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    It may be that I've misused the term "localhost", and thus have placed this question in the wrong place. Anyway, by "localhost" I meant that I run the site from my own computer rather than uploading files via ftp (or otherwise) to another webserver. So, in my case I run lighttpd (similar to apache) on my own computer with Vector Linux. However, the site is served to the internet rather than an intranet or rather than simply on my own computer. So, my lighttpd.conf does not actually serve to the localhost (IE 127.0.0.1) but rather to a static IP that has been assigned to my computer by my ISP. My mysql server, on the other hand, is served to my localhost, since I run it on my own computer as well (similar to php). Anyway, I thought that running your own webserver and serving your site to the internet from your own computer rather than from an external webserver qualified my question to belong in this forum. But, in thinking it through, you're right, I'm not simply serving this to my localhost, but to the internet as a whole.

    Anyway, I think I have figured out the answer to my question. It seems that WordPress does not automatically enter comments marked as "spam" into its blacklist. I did however find a plugin that will automate the process of entering the IPs of comments marked as spam into the blacklist. My previous experience with this is with email spam products like Bogofilter, that do automatically label things as spam and do learn via Bayesian probability. I was wondering how WordPress handled such things. I haven't found anything quite like Bogofilter, but as I mentioned I did find something the automates the process a little. Also, I recently added a captcha, and this had cut spam down significantly.

    So, while my questions have not been completely answered, I have gotten a somewhat better situation than I had previously. Thus, thread solved.

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