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  • 1.5 has been fabulous in filtering out comment spam. So much so that I’ve even disabled BlackList.

    The ocassional one still slips through, but 1 or 2 a month isn’t too much for me to handle. However, this morning, I found something new and scarey: I have a comment that I don’t have permission to delete or edit.

    I’m baffled. How does a spammer post a comment that has higher priority than I have? (I’m not logged in under my admin, but under my regular username with an authority level of 9).

    I’m doing some direct editing of the database right now, but I’m still concerned about this. Anyone know what’s going on?

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  • Moderator James Huff

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    Only the author of the post can delete or modify the comments under it. The Admin overrides this and can modify and delete any comment under any post. Try logging in ad the Admin.

    Mark (podz)

    (@podz)

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    blazemiskulin – please email me ?
    tamba2 at gmail dot com

    I can edit and delete every other comment that has come through–including an almost identical spam comment sent at the same time. I’ve never been prohibited from editing or deleting a comment before. That’s why this is so strange.

    Mark (podz)

    (@podz)

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    Email me please ?

    blazemiskulin, who owns the post that the comment is on? If you have a level 10 admin account, and the comment is under a post owned by that user, then your level 9 account won’t have permission to delete the comment.

    Mark (podz)

    (@podz)

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    It was as you say dougal.

    I just went back and checked, and am now washing the egg off my face. 🙂

    The original post was under the admin login (level 10). I honestly thought I’d never used that to post anything, as I had created my level 9 user right away and had (so I thought) always used it to post with.

    Thanks for pointing that out. I never would have thought to see if I’d used a different login.

    🙂

    Blaze…

    Props to you for coming back and letting everyone know how the issue was resolved. The best part is that your site has not been compromised and we all learned something.

    No egg on your face, dude.

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