A more seamless approach to deflecting the vast majority of SPAM comments.
The plugin is only meant to be used with single-site WordPress installations. Some features may still work under multi-site environments, however it would be safer to use some other plugin that is specifically marked WPMU-compatible instead.
If a comment fails to pass one or more of the Sock'Em SPAMbots tests, the comment is rejected outright and an error is returned to the (human or robot) user explaining what went wrong. Humans can take the appropriate action and resubmit the comment if they so desire, while robots will likely just go bother someone else.
WordPress lumps the two together. We've separated them so you can be more selective. It is worth pointing out that Sock'Em only affects comments that would otherwise be allowed, so if you have disabled both via the WP discussion settings, then the Sock'Em options have no effect.
WordPress continues doing whatever it would normally do with the comment based on your settings and any other relevant plugins you have installed (e.g. Akismet).
No. This plugin only concerns itself with comments.
No. This plugin only concerns itself with regular WordPress comments.