Why do I get comment spam into "Awaiting moderation"? (5 posts)

  1. purrkur
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Hi all,

    I have searched the forums for an answer but I haven't found one.

    I have comments on my site activated and I use the "Users must be registered and logged in to comment" part. I got 3 registered users and all are people I know. Despite this fact, I am getting lots of spam into my "awaiting moderation" page. Why is that and how can that be? Don't the spammers have to log on and then write a message for it to end up in there? I am not seeing any new user registrations. I am running version


  2. Mark McKibben
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Probably what you are actually getting is trackback spam.

  3. idbehold
    Posted 11 years ago #

    how do you disable trackbacks?

  4. James Huff
    Support Team Rep.
    Posted 11 years ago #

    For instructions, see "I have disabled trackbacks, but trackbacks continue to be posted." here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Combating_Comment_Spam#Q_.26_A

  5. purrkur
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Thanks Manzabar and Macmanx. I have disabled pingbacks and tracebacks and then I ran the following query in my database:

    update wp_posts set ping_status='closed';

    Hopefully my spam issues will go away, at least for the time being :)

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