Spam Floods

Several of you have emailed me now noting that there has been an influx of spam on WordPress blogs lately. In the last week, I’ve gotten more than 30, which is much more than the usual (2 or 3 a week). So, what to do.

First, you can always delete any comment simply by clicking on the [Edit] link next to the comment (these will only appear if you are logged in), and then clicking the Delete link on the edit page. But this can be annoying. Luckily, there is another way that works well.

When you log in, you can go to the Options menu, and then click on the Discussion section. Here, near the bottom, you will find a place to list words that are likely to be included in a spam message. I provide the list I am using below (which differs only slightly from the one in the link), and it has served me well. Click on “more” to see the list, and try copying it into your own list of spam words.

What happens when someone uses one of these words? You still get an email telling you that someone has made a post, but the system hold the email until you approve it. You can approve it, if you want, delete it, or just ignore it.

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10 Comments

  1. Posted 10/22/2004 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Hi Alex,
    Which version of Word Press are you running? When I click on “Options” on mine, I don’t see “Discussions”. Mind you, I’m a bit daft when it comes to computing, but I’ve searched everywhere. :-( I need to know because I have the world’s biggest spam problem.

    Thanks, Julia

  2. Posted 10/26/2004 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Julia: We are running 1.2 mingus. I think that a plug-in exists for earlier versions.

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