Hello. I have a localhost install. I currently get some spam, but because I set my wordpress up with "Comment author must have a previously approved comment", they go into moderation queue first. I mark them as spam, and then I delete them.
So, my question is, does this do anything? Does the marking of a comment as spam block that user/IP address from spamming me again? Does my installation learn from my marking something as spam? Hopefully, otherwise I'm not sure what the point of having the option to mark things as spam would be.
Also, if I keep the posts in the spam folder, am I simply helping the spammers accomplish what they set out to do by having their hyperlinks existing somewhere on my site (though not visible, but still somewhere in the spam folder)? If I delete the posts, then does it affect the ability of my WP installation to block that IP address/user from future spams (IE, does the spam database become zero, or is a record set regardless?).
Also, when I mark stuff as spam, does the information go into my Comment Blacklist? It doesn't appear to, but I would like it if it did.
I use Linux, so I'm wondering if there is a way to tie in either bogofilter or spamassassin into the functioning of WordPress.