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[resolved] Word/s causing Comments to be blocked (17 posts)

  1. Alzee99
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    When readers post a Comment, certain words cause the Comment to be rejected — that is, blocked — and not posted. One of these words is "investigative" — but there are others.

    After the CAPTCHA Code is typed and submitted, an error message appears saying the Comment has been "held by our antispam system for moderation and site administration has been notified" for review.

    I do not wish to censor — or review — comments. Does anyone know how to remove this block?

    Thank you so much.

  2. MickeyRoush
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

  3. Alzee99
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks, Mickey, I appreciate the help. However administrator approval is not enabled in my settings, nor are any suspect words listed. I'm thinking somewhere in the code, the word "investigative" must be red-flagged? But why? (I've discovered that the word "f**k" is also blocked, but not "s**t" or "c**t" -- I can't figure what's up with that!)

  4. MickeyRoush
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Alzee99 wrote:

    Thanks, Mickey, I appreciate the help. However administrator approval is not enabled in my settings, nor are any suspect words listed. I'm thinking somewhere in the code, the word "investigative" must be red-flagged? But why? (I've discovered that the word "f**k" is also blocked, but not "s**t" or "c**t" -- I can't figure what's up with that!)

    That sounds strange. It could be a plugin, theme, or other setting issue. You'll just have to disable something until you find out what's causing the issue(s). It's usually a plugin.

  5. Alzee99
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks again, I really appreciate your help.

    It's very strange. Two other words that cause Comments to be blocked are "pillars" and "investigate." "F**k" I can understand-- even though I have no words listed for blocking-- but the other three words don't make any sense at all.

    I took your advice and deactivated my spam blocker (Akismet)-- and that's what was causing the block. But when I try to edit the settings, I can't find any of those three words in the code.

    Any suggestions?

  6. Alzee99
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @ Mickey Roush --- I was wrong, Akismet wasn't the problem, it was another spam-block plugin called "Antispam for all fields." I disabled it, then reactivated Akismet, and the problem seems to be solved. Now I guess I'll find out if I'm going to get flooded with obnoxious spam-comments again. (Hope not!)

    If so, do you know how to edit the code for the culprit plugin? so that I can reactivate it without blocking Comments using those words?

    Anyway, thanks again for your help, I really appreciate it. --AL

  7. MickeyRoush
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @ Alzee99

    According to the plugin author
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/antispam-for-all-fields/screenshots/

    You can edit the Spamwords field.
    "investigate" is flagged because of *invest*
    "pillar" is flagged because of *pill*

    I believe the character * means 0 or more +, so any words with those characters will be flagged. I don't believe this is good practice. I'm not flaming the plugin, it seems like it can do quite a bit and has it's purpose.

    If you want more control over spam words than what's built into WordPress, you should try the Better Moderation plugin.
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/better-moderation/

    I would use the Better Moderation plugin over this one for moderating words. It has better control over the words but also allows you to determine which if not all fields should be covered.

    Depending on what you're actually trying to achieve, you might be better off just using the built in moderation tool and just input words that you would like moderated. There's a reason they built it into WordPress.

    Here is a sample moderation list:
    http://pastebin.com/wG9BkTwQ

  8. Alzee99
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @ Mickey Roush

    Thank you so much! Your help has been great! I can't tell you how much I appreciate your taking so much time to advise me.

    I think I'm gonna stick with "Akismet" (and not use "Antispam for all fields"). I'm running a news website — VoiceOfBaltimore.org — and want to encourage readers to post without preview or censoring (using CAPTCHA only).

    Since last night I've been using Akismet by itself to block comment-spammers, and no spam has been posted so far, so apparently it's working ok. However if that changes, I guess I'll have to adjust.

  9. MickeyRoush
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @ Alzee99

    There's one more plugin that everyone here will also recommend.
    Bad Behavior
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/bad-behavior/

    It's pretty much carefree like Akismet and I install it in every WordPress site I have. It's pretty much mandatory for all my sites and catches things that Akismet doesn't.

    Another recommended plugin is Cookies for Comments.
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/cookies-for-comments/

    I don't use it because I can't get it to set the cookie for some reason.

  10. Alzee99
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @ MickeyRoush

    Thanks again, Mickey, I've installed them both. So far so good.

    I have another question: Can you tell me how to install a PRINT icon on my page so users can click on it to print my stories? (There's over 9,000 pages of topics in WP's How-to Forum!) Thanks.

  11. Alzee99
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @ MickeyRoush

    I've figured out how to install the Print icon but it defaults to an older posting rather than the most recent. Do you have any idea how to fix this, so that the most recent posting will be the first printed?

    Also, there is a half-inch of blank space at the top of the page. Do you know how to move the entire page up about 1/2 inch?

    Thanks,

    AL

  12. MickeyRoush
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @ Alzee99

    I'm not sure how to help you without know exactly what you've done, your theme, plugins, etc.

    Are you using a plugin?

    This plugin is authored by joostdevalk and anything he does is usually highly ranked.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/printfriendly/

  13. Alzee99
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @ MickeyRoush

    Thanks, again. I'm using "WP-Print," a print plugin which works fine, just defaults to the oldest posting rather than the newest. I guess it's not a big problem.

    I can't find anything in the themes telling the page to put a border at the top. Is there a code to "remove space"?

  14. MickeyRoush
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Alzee99 wrote:

    Thanks, again. I'm using "WP-Print," a print plugin which works fine, just defaults to the oldest posting rather than the newest. I guess it's not a big problem.

    I can't find anything in the themes telling the page to put a border at the top. Is there a code to "remove space"?

    I'm a bit confused. Are you talking about space on the print out? Or are you having an issue on the actual site when being viewed from a browser like Internet Explorer.?

  15. Alzee99
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @ MickeyRoush

    I made some Widget adjustments to the Left Sidebar and now the main page has a large border/margin at the top — as viewed in the browser (I'm using Firefox).

    I don't see anything in the Header Template or under Styles (reset-fonts-grids-tabs.css) that appears to be creating the border/margin. Shouldn't there be some way to remove/delete this wasted space?

  16. MickeyRoush
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Alzee99 wrote:

    I made some Widget adjustments to the Left Sidebar and now the main page has a large border/margin at the top — as viewed in the browser (I'm using Firefox).

    I don't see anything in the Header Template or under Styles (reset-fonts-grids-tabs.css) that appears to be creating the border/margin. Shouldn't there be some way to remove/delete this wasted space?

    I'd have to check out your site with firebug or some other tool to figure it out. You may want to start a new topic, putting in as much information about your theme and what Widget adjustments you did. Someone else maybe able to catch what's going on instantly. It's not something that I could do without spending a lot more time looking into it.

  17. Alzee99
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @ MickeyRoush

    Thanks, Mickey, I've done it-- http://wordpress.org/support/topic/how-to-remove-unwanted-top-border?

    Btw, how did you insert my previous comment into your last reply?

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