I tried to search for topics dealing with this, but the top dozen pages all point to posts that are years old and closed.
I’m part owner of a small web-hosting company. We push WP as a great solution for our clients who aren’t web-savvy (that’s almost all of them).
The problem, however, is the spam. I’m seeing 10-20 spam comments per day on sites that are lucky to get that many hits in a day. I have a site that has been idle for at least 2 years (a WP install), that I upgraded and repurposed as a personal blog just this week. 2 years without a single spam, and an upgrade and initial post results in instant spam.
So my question is 2-fold:
1) I manage quite a few sites for clients (and some for myself) where spam comments are regularly marked as spam. From what I can tell, this does absolutely nothing (except increase the size of the database). What, exactly, is the point of marking a comment as “spam”? I’ve flagged the exact same comment several dozen times within a blog, and it keeps showing up. To me that means the “mark as spam” feature is worse than useless (it does nothing, and it wastes db/drive space)
2) WP is *obviously* being targeted quite aggressively. Aside from purchasing an Askimet license from Automattic, what is WP doing to combat this? It’s becoming much more difficult to sell WP to clients when I have to say “Oh.. yeah… you’ll also be getting several dozen spam comments (and associated e-mail notices) every day.
I have e-mail addresses published in plain text on several sites. I get (and I am *not* exaggerating) 100 times more comment spam from WP than I do from blatantly-harvestable e-mail addresses.
Asking people to pay more for Askimet is a very difficult sell. It comes across as extortion (pay us more money or you’ll get flooded with spam!)–Especially since our company is targeting the very low end of the spectrum (hey, *someone* needs to provide affordable services to them).
WP is gaining serious market share. As they become more popular, they become more of a target. Is WP doing anything to address this attack on their platform? Or do we just need to start including the cost of an askimet license with every package?
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