I have installed half a dozen different plugins for WordPress to combat spam. Nothing works. Or if it does, it requires constant attention (adding new things to blacklists or approving/rejecting messages).
Normal people don't have time for this. Normal people don't have time to hunt through readme files to install the latest plugin, check if they have all the requirements for the latest CAPTCHA plugin which may have been cracked, or to configure the latest variation of the blacklist.
Normal people want to post to their blog, have normal people comment to their postings, and that is it....
Please tell me:
1) how to turn OFF ALL comments on ALL postings on WordPress. If this cannot be done retroactively, why is this feature not already in WordPress?
2) how to stop ALMOST ALL spam so I never have to moderate messages, install multiple plugins, and moderate/update blacklists etc.
If this cannot be done, or hasn't been done, how can we expect beginners, who I have worked hard to attract to wordpress and blogging in general to this medium of web publishing?
I've reached the end of my patience with comment spam and trackback spam, all interactivity that makes the blog a wonderful tool is, as a result useless...it simply contributes to my email spam (in the case of moderation) or wastes my time by having to attend to blacklists every other day...