Understanding spam vs trash (4 posts)

  1. steevithak
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I'm a new WordPress user and I'm having a little trouble comprehending what the difference is between marking a comment as spam or trash. Once I shift by blog into WordPress I started instantly getting 10-20 spam comments per day, mostly in Russian.

    I noticed I'm offered the choice of clicking either "spam" or "trash" for each one. At first I assumed WP had some sort of spam learning gizmo that would learn from each comment I marked as spam and starting figuring things out on its own, like email programs do when you mark something as spam. However, after a couple of weeks, it's evident that either the spam system isn't working on my WP or that's not what it's for.

    As best I can tell spam and trash do the same thing, they just dump the message into a holding area where I have the option of deleting them later. If that's the case, I don't understand why I would mark any comments as spam? Why not just send them straight to the trash? Can anyone enlighten me?

  2. Samuel B

    Posted 6 years ago #

    If you have akismet activated, it will learn from marking things as spam
    you will need some anti-spam plugin for sure, either way

  3. steevithak
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Thanks! I found the askimet plugin and turned it on (after getting an API key). I'll watch things for a few more days and see if it starts working now.

  4. Samuel B

    Posted 6 years ago #

    you might want to add this one, also, to stop the spam bots

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