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  • From Mar 1 – Mar 6, my site (a site for lodge members, of which there are about 100) got 1500 comments. Before these 6 days, we had 13 total comments.

    I went through, deleted all of them, made all comments held for moderation, turned on SI-Captcha plugin, and also selected the option that you must be registered and logged in to comment.
    As of this morning (3 days later) I had 1600 new comments.

    I double checked my settings, there is literally nothing else I can do. I don’t know how or why I am getting these comments. There are only 3 accounts on my site, and I know who they belong to. When I log out, and go to an article, it states that I must be registered and logged in to comment.

    Where are these coming from? How do I stop them?

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  • Moderator kmessinger


    Can you post a url please.

    If you have all comments held for moderation the 1600 spam comments you received after that is sent to the moderation que (not displayed public), right?

    Try to add a comment when you are not logged in, and report back here what happens to your comment.

    If I logged out, and went to the site to leave a comment, it required me to log in.
    I added a different captcha plugin, and that seems to have stopped the onslaught-

    I just couldn’t figure out how the comments continued to roll in after I made those changes (and yes, the new 1600 were held for moderation at least, so nothing went live this time)

    URL is

    Do you have Akismet installed with a valid API?

    It saves a LOT of time and hassle.

    No- no Akismet, because of cost and how small this site SHOULD actually be.

    It seems to have stopped- with a slew of new plugins. Not sure which one is doing the most work, but I’ve got it calmed down at least.

    Moderator kmessinger


    Akismet costs nothing or at least it used to when I put it on sites.

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