Well, the battle is still being won, but comment spam is slipping through.
A huge round of hotels, steroids, and other comment spam, comment spam from sources I’ve not seen before, are getting through. The familiar casinos, penises, mp3, mortgages, and drugs are being caught, by the hundreds, but these new ones are sliding through.
Do not delete the comment spam. WordPress.com bloggers are working with Akismet to filter out the comment spam from the good spam, and it learns from your usage. By marking comment spam as comment spam, information on the comment spam is sent from your WordPress blog to Akismet, stored in a database and used to prevent future comment spam. By marking it as comment spam, you are helping everyone who uses Akismet.
Let’s look at the process of marking and handling comment spam.
Deleting Akismet Caught Comment Spam
For the most part, Akismet has been working really well at catching most comment spam. My WordPress.com blog has been hit a lot over the past few months, and very few comment spams have slipped through. Until this weekend.
Most of you are familiar with how Akismet works, but let’s review for everyone.
Click on the Akismet tab under Manage and scroll through the list of comment spam caught by Akismet.
If something has been caught that is not comment spam, mark it as Not Spam and when you are done, click the Not Spam button at the bottom of the page, and when the page reloads, go back to the top and click Delete All.
If you don’t go through this process, every 15 days Akismet and WordPress.com will delete the 15 day old spam automatically, so you don’t have to worry about it.
I find comment spam annoying. Remember, I’m a paranoid website administrator, so I like checking and deleting my comment spam regularly, just to keep an eye on how things are working.
Marking Comment Spam Comments
For the most part, Akismet’s spam catching ability has been working fine and one or three comment spams sneak through into your comments. To check comments with your WordPress blog, click the Manage > Comments tabs.
If you find a couple of comment spams have missed Akismet’s filters, then click the Spam button to send a note to Akismet that this is a comment spam that got through, and it will then be automatically deleted from your Comments panel.
If you find there is a lot of comment spam, then you have an alternative action to marking each one individually as comment spam. You can use the Mass Edit Mode.
Below the Comments panel search form are two links. One is for View Mode and the other is Mass Edit Mode. To mark many comments as comment spam, click Mass Edit Mode.
The Mass Edit Mode screen for editing comments shows you an abbreviated list of comments with a checkbox to the left of each comment. Go quickly down the list and check the checkbox for all comments you feel are comment spam.
At the end of the list and the page, click on the Mark Checked Comments as Spam button, next to the Delete Comments and the information will be sent to Akismet for review and future protection from comment spammers, and the comment spam will be deleted.
To return to the normal comments view, click the View Mode link under the search form.
Instructions for Handling Comment Spam on WordPress Blogs Not Using Akismet
If you are running the full version of WordPress and having a run of comment spam overwhelming your site, you can follow the instructions above for removing comment spam through the Mass Edit Mode, but you will only be deleting comment spam. This does no one, including yourself, any good. By just deleting comment spam, you are not passing on the information to a source that will put these evil doers on a black list. Blacklists of comment spam information is passed around to everyone using these tools to help put an end to this.
I highly recommend the following:
- Install Spam Karma WordPress Plugin or Akismet.
- Install Bad Behavior WordPress Plugin, the comment spam prevention.
- Sit back and watch as comment spam goes bye-bye and nuke the few that sneak past your arsenal.
Spam Karma and Bad Behavior WordPress Plugins are free, though donations are not only welcome, they are necessary for the continued survival of these amazing tools that keep our WordPress blogs safe from evil comment spammers and trackback spammers. Bad Behavior blocks them a the door, and Spam Karma makes it easy with a one or two click process to destroy comment spam that spawns on your blog. What do you have to lose?
Help WordPress Fight Comment Spam
By processing comment spam as identified comment spam, you are helping everyone in the WordPress Community to fight off comment spammers. With almost 200,000 WordPress.com bloggers, that’s a lot of power to put into fighting comment spam. If everyone pitches in, the database at Akismet can grow tremendously, creating one of the most powerful comment spam fighting tools around.
I, for one, am thrilled at anything that can be done to put comment spammers out of business, and make their life miserable. Join me in fighting comment spam, wherever you find it on any blog service, so we can all live comment spam free.
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