[resolved] Comment spam blacklist isn't working (6 posts)

  1. davidhart4
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I have a major spam problem on my site at http://www.weightlossladder.com

    Every day I am deleting around 50-100 spam comments. This morning I went into my settings/discussion and under 'comment blacklist' I entered the IP addresses and some common spam words eg 'burberry' 'outlet' one per line as instructed and saved.

    I'm disappointed to see tonight another 35 comments awaiting moderation - including the IP addresses and words such as 'outlet' that I had blacklisted. I was expecting these comments to automatically be diverted to the spam folder and I would not receive notification emails for them, or have to manually remove them again.

    I checked my discussion settings and sure enough the words and IP addresses I listed are still there.

    Can anyone enlighten me how to get my comment blacklist working properly or am I missing something? Thanks in advance

  2. Krishna
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Try resetting discussion settings and see if it helps.

    Are you using any plugins to stop comment spam?

  3. Sabinou
    Posted 3 years ago #

    My frank oopinion : the fastest is to chose another antispam solution.

    Akismet DOES the job well, seriously, getting a key takes 2 minutes, only.

    I added the Antispam Bee plugin, you tell this plugin your antispam key, and this is - in my eyes of course - the dream combo, ZERO spam comments pass through, and the rate of false positives (legit combos going to the spam folder) is less than 5 comments per week.

  4. davidhart4
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thanks for the responses.

    Krishna, how do I reset my discussion settings?

    Sabinou, thank you for the advice. I did install akismet, but I don't want to pay a monthly fee. I have now deactivated it and deleted it, in case it is interfering somehow.

    I may be forced to give in and get an askimet key, but I like to screw the costs right down. If WordPress provides the free facility to remove spam, I'd rather use that and save the cash.

  5. Sabinou
    Posted 3 years ago #

    David, Akismet is FREE. And you can use Antispam Bee without providing it an akismet key, you'll only get rare additional false positives and rare additional spam passing through :)

  6. davidhart4
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Removing my not-yet-activated akismet has solved the problem, and wordpress is correctly diverting comments with matched ips or words to spam. Thanks again.

    edited to add - Sabinou akismet isn't free for my category as I'm soon going to add a paid product. I'll take a look at the plugin you mention - thanks!

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