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  • I got the following message by e-mail from a visitor today:

    Hi there – I was just trying to comment on a blog post on your site when I was confronted by this message:

    “Error: This file cannot be used on its own.”

    It is in/on the “wp-comments-post.php” file after a comment submission..

    I’m not sure what’s going on, but I think it has to do with one of the spam plugins I’m using, the two are Bad Behavior and lr2spam.

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  • Moderator James Huff


    That is a standard WordPress error. It means that the individual (usually a spam bot) tried to post a comment (usually spam) by visiting wp-comments-post.php directly (without going through a post and a comment form first).

    I had no problem commenting on your most recent post as testuser8, so I don’t think that this has anything to do with your blog. Ask the visitor what browser he or she was using at the time.

    That’s what I thought. Thanks, I’ll look into what the user was doing and let you know. Now my concern is if, through regular use, or through RSS, my visitor was directed to wp-comments-post directly, or if submitting the comment served up the file incorrectly.

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