Jeff Soyer on 07 Oct 2014 03:35 am
Lately, some comment spam has been appearing.
I started experimenting this morning. Henceforth, any comment containing even one link — including in the “website” box on the form, will be held for moderation. I’ll try to check it often throughout the day. If you want the comment posted immediately, just leave the website box blank.
Why not just get rid of the website box? It screws up the Gatekeeper plug-in, that box you fill in with a word to prove you’re not a robot.
Why not just get rid of Gatekeeper? Because it blocks an average of 100 spams per hour!
I wish there were a better way. On my book review site, The North Country Review, I tried requiring registration, only to find dozens of phony registrations per day. Sure, their email addresses were phony, so they never got the confirmation emails, and never actually came back to comment, but it clogged up the “Users” database. So, I simply did away with comments there, not that my book reviews ever generated all that many comments…
I thought about using the Facebook comment plug-in, but a surprisingly large number of people don’t have a Facebook log-in. But, spammers do!
I’m still toying with updating Alphecca to a modern WordPress version, but that would mean the loss of the last four years of posts. That would, however, open up some possibilities.