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  • I seem to get SO much spamming. On new posts, old posts. Everything. I thought I turned all old posts but they still find ways to spam.. Any suggestions of what to install? maybe a captcha?

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  • Are you using Akismet? That’s one of the better ones out there.

    I had loads on one of my installations once. Really horrible stuff as well. Akismet sorted it out in the end. That’s what I would use if you haven’t already tried it. It can be a major problem though, once you have been identified as a target. Also turning comments off globally for a while can help, just remember that your old posts that have comments turned in will override this so you’ll need to go through them.

    This is done in the settings>discussion section:

    1. Don’t leave comments on forever (the shorter the better): close comments on articles older than [X] days 14 is good.
    2. Don’t allow links in comments. Hold a comment in the queue if it contains [X] or more links (A common characteristic of comment spam is a large number of hyperlinks.) – set to 1 (the goal of spammers is to place links to their (likely malicious) websites.
    3. And at: When a comment contains any of these words in its content, name, URL, e-mail, or IP, it will be held in the moderation queue. One word or IP per line. It will match inside words, so “press” will match “WordPress”

    add to this list:


    This can and will help.

    Thank you very much everyone. I installed it last night. I had 2 comments waiting in the akismet queue and not in my inbox!

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