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  • I might be completely missing this, but I can’t see any way to turn commenting or trackbacks on or off for all existing posts. I’m using 1.5 if that makes any difference.

    I’m going on vacation soon and I don’t want to risk leaving spam up for two weeks until I get back.

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  • Mark (podz)


    Support Maven

    Removing “wp-comments-post.php” and “wp-trackback.php” will prevent comment spam and trackback spam from getting into your blog.
    Do delete then while you are away – renaming them isn’t a foolproof way.

    That’s the only way? There’s no toggle?

    Moderator James Huff


    Halfelf Minion 🚀

    There is a toggle, but it’s cumbersome. The toggle will disable comments and trackbacks for future posts. As far as the past posts go, you’ll have to edit each individually. It’s easier to de-activate/re-activate that comments and trackbacks by deleting/uploading the wp-comments-post.php and wp-trackback.php files.

    That’s a pretty ugly alternative: showing people a comment form and then giving them a 404 when they try to post.

    I guess I’ll track down the comment-closing plugin I used to use. Didn’t I read somewhere that there are plans to add that feature to the core progam?

    Could always do it the database query way:

    UPDATE wp_posts SET comment_status = 'closed', ping_status = 'closed';

    To return to normal:

    UPDATE wp_posts SET comment_status = 'open', ping_status = 'open';

    This of course assumes you want all posts open/closed.

    Moderator James Huff


    Halfelf Minion 🚀

    Just follow the instructions in the following thread to remove the comment links from your index.

    Thanks, Kafkaesqui. That looks like the best solution for me.

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