I just installed a (hopefully) good spam filter, but before I did, my blog got hit with over 6000 comments, almost all of them spam. I would like to delete them all and just start over. Is there an easy way to do this?
You can delete several hundred at a time, but your server configuration will determine the maximum number.
Go to Admin->Comments and click 'Screen Options' at the top right. Enter 500 in the 'Show on screen' box and click Apply'.
Now you should be able to select all comments on the page by clicking the box beside Author in the header bar. Select 'Move to trash' in the 'Bulk Actions' dropdown and click Apply.
If 500 works, you might try a larger number. If not, use a smaller number.
Oh I wish I had known this awhile ago!
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