Excessive Comment Spam on Your eduBuzz Site?

We’ve been receiving reports of excessive comment spam over recent days on three eduBuzz sites. Are you affected? If so, please let us know. You’ll also find some tips below that may be helpful until we beef up our spam protection. Sorry.

Initial investigation shows these are coming from a number of separate internet (IP) addresses, and arrangements are in hand to block anyone connecting to eduBuzz from these addresses. If you’re being affected, especially by persistent spam from a small number of IP addresses, let us know and we’ can block them site-wide.

What else can be done? WordPress has some useful built-in tools to help manage comment spam. Some of these are:

  • Switch off comments on old posts. Under Settings > Discussionyou can easily disable comments on posts over a certain age. The default is 14 days, but you can change that. Especially on larger sites that have been running for years, this can be a very effective tool.
  • Force moderation of specific spam comments: Under Settings > Discussion > Comment Moderation you can enter words, phrases or even IP addresses into a “Spam words” box. If an incoming comment contains any of these, you’ll be asked to approve it manually.
  • Blacklist specific spam comments: This is just like the moderation option above, but has its own “Comment blacklist” box. If an incoming comment matches anything in there, it goes directly into the bin. Needless to say, this should be used with great care.

Image CC licensed by Washington and Jefferson College, capl@washjeff.edu.

 

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