I feel completely overwhelmed. Searching Google for "wordpress delete comment spam" or "wordpress delete all comments" has lead me in circles and left me more befuddled than before.
I've been very ill and when I returned I had over 15,000 comments in my comment moderation page. After two weeks of searching keywords based on my blog using the "search comments" field, I've found around 100 comments that are valid, but at this point its taking far more energy than I physically have to sort through this nightmare.
Most of the posts I've found through my Google search assumes a heavy working knowledge of wp and left me scratching my head.
I have Akismet running but its only identifying the ones I've marked as spam or those that have arrived since installing it. I already had 15,000 comments before I installed it so all those before are floating in my moderation tank. If I hit the "check for spam" button provided by Akismet, I'm presented with a blank page and no movement on the status bar in my Firefox browser. I've let it sit for as long as a half hour and nothing happens so I'm guessing either something is dreadfully wrong or I simply do not understand how this is supposed to work.
My question is simple, I just want to delete all comments with more than one or two links in them. I wouldn't mind deleting all unapproved comments, but there's no simple way to do this that I can see either. The only way I'm given to delete these comments is one moderate page at a time. Meaning I'm only given 20 comments at a time to review. even in list view there are only a handful of comments presented for me to review at a time. I've not been able to find a setting to change how many comments I can review at a time so I'm looking at 494 pages of comments right now. I'd rather not go back to the hospital, this time claiming it was wordpress that put me there.
Can someone tell me a simple way to delete comment spam out of my moderation page? all ...lets see...9,500 of them that are left...and hopefully keep the 100 or so good comments?
a request on top of a request....
If you are smart enough to know how to do this, would you mind telling me specifically how to do it? handing me a bit of code without telling me what to do with it (be nice) isn't very helpful. I know I'm not the only one out there with this problem judging by the number of hits I got on my Google search. To be frank, I'm a little surprised at the glib and exasperated replies by some people. If you can't be helpful I really don't want to know what you think of me. Keep it to yourself and roll your eyes at someone else. If I were as on top of all this as you are I wouldn't have to ask now would I? Now, if you ever find yourself going through terminal illnesses, I'll be happy to return the favor and tell you what I've learned. A fella has to have his priorities ya know and being a wp expert isn't my main priority right now. deleting these insane spammer comments would be icing on the cake.