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Comments Entered Despite Options Setting Requiring Membership & Login

  • I’ve got a couple of blogs, with the Option setting “Users must be registered and logged in to comment” checked, that have comments entered by non-users. They are held in moderation, but … how is this possible? I’ve double checked the user lists and there are no rogue accounts. These are definitely comments, not trackbacks.

    Thanks in advance!

    -kj-

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  • It might be because they are hitting the comment file directly and not doing it through convential posting (as most spambots do).

    Trent

    Interesting. How can this be prevented? I run Akismet, Spam Karma 2 and Bad Behavior on my ‘open’ blogs, and have never had this happen. SK2 and BB are awesome. I never really bothered with these plugins on other blogs because I thought requiring login was enough. I guess I’ll need to install and configure those as well…

    I would if you have the space because they all stop unwanted behavior and spam attacks.

    Trent

    Tom Lany

    @tomthewebmaster

    Do you have registration enabled? If so, they could be registering and then posting spam.

    It’s actually most likely trackback spam. A search on that keyphrase herein will probably turn up numerous posts re same; the fix is generally the usual array of spam plugins.

    I do have registration enabled and did check, there are no bogus user accounts.

    You are right vkaryl, I too suspect trackback spam, it’s odd that it’s never been a problem until now for us.

    Looks like our base install will need to include Akismet, SK for Akismet, and BB. I have those running on one of my “open” blogs and they do a FANTASTIC job together.

    -kj-

    Yes, I think no one can any more plan a “closed” blog stay that way without help. Too bad, too; but at least there IS help – using the available crop of spam plugins.

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