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Sudden flood of spam (7 posts)

  1. TheMann00
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    From Mar 1 - Mar 6, my site (a site for lodge members, of which there are about 100) got 1500 comments. Before these 6 days, we had 13 total comments.

    I went through, deleted all of them, made all comments held for moderation, turned on SI-Captcha plugin, and also selected the option that you must be registered and logged in to comment.
    As of this morning (3 days later) I had 1600 new comments.

    I double checked my settings, there is literally nothing else I can do. I don't know how or why I am getting these comments. There are only 3 accounts on my site, and I know who they belong to. When I log out, and go to an article, it states that I must be registered and logged in to comment.

    Where are these coming from? How do I stop them?

  2. kmessinger
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Can you post a url please.

  3. Sven D.
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    If you have all comments held for moderation the 1600 spam comments you received after that is sent to the moderation que (not displayed public), right?

    Try to add a comment when you are not logged in, and report back here what happens to your comment.

  4. TheMann00
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    If I logged out, and went to the site to leave a comment, it required me to log in.
    I added a different captcha plugin, and that seems to have stopped the onslaught-

    I just couldn't figure out how the comments continued to roll in after I made those changes (and yes, the new 1600 were held for moderation at least, so nothing went live this time)

    URL is brlodge.org

  5. geekygordon
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Do you have Akismet installed with a valid API?

    It saves a LOT of time and hassle.

  6. TheMann00
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    No- no Akismet, because of cost and how small this site SHOULD actually be.

    It seems to have stopped- with a slew of new plugins. Not sure which one is doing the most work, but I've got it calmed down at least.

  7. kmessinger
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Akismet costs nothing or at least it used to when I put it on sites.

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