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I installed WordPress along with a few add-ons to combat spam. Both are for registered and non-registered members posting comments. I added a standard Captcha as well as a mathematical challenge question (5 + what = Eleven). I have tried different Things and software, but the result is the same. I receive daily spam emails.

It serves the spammer no good, as I review all comments, but that does not stop comments.

Do spammers now have humans go to the same website daily and try to just sent out spam (unlikely) or is it just a software program. In the latter case, why is the WordPress add-ons not stopping spam comments.

Do others have the same issue? Did I miss something, when setting up WordPress?

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did you tried using any spam protection plugin like akismet or antispam bee? –  Sisir Jun 5 '13 at 20:31
    
Of the plug-ins that I am using, akismet, is one of my plug-ins. The others being Akismet, Captcha (BestWebSoft), Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin, SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam, yaCAPTCHA. Akismet and Captcha are the two that show. –  Sarah Weinberger Jun 5 '13 at 21:12
    
Wow. Install this and ditch every one of those plugins, except Akismet: wordpress.org/plugins/spammers-suck and share how it works for you here, so it can help others. –  user33954 Jun 10 '13 at 19:19
    
Of course, but received warnings: Warning: file_get_contents(./templates/wp-admin/option-row.tpl) [function.file-get-contents]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in .\wp-content\plugins\spammers-suck\includes\functions.php on line 382 Warning: file_get_contents(./templates/wp-admin/opt-in.tpl) [function.file-get-contents]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in .\wp-content\plugins\spammers-suck\includes\functions.php on line 382 –  Sarah Weinberger Jun 10 '13 at 23:19
    
I had to deactivate the control, as the warnings show on the live site as well. –  Sarah Weinberger Jun 10 '13 at 23:23
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Use these three plugins in combination:

Ditch the captcha and math plugins, they're pretty much useless. The combination of these three is enough for most anybody, without having to put any problems back on the user.

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Ok, I added these plug-ins, so we shall see what happens. For posterity, here is the complete list: Installed and Activated [Akismet, Cookies for Comments, Simple Trackback Validation], Installed Not Activated [Blog Protector, Impostercide], Installed and Impossible to Activate [Spam Hammer 1-Series] –  Sarah Weinberger Jun 12 '13 at 17:46
    
Just check Akismet license. It isn't free AFAIK. –  Krzysiek Dróżdż Jun 23 '13 at 11:18
    
Akismet is free for personal use, as it states here: akismet.com/about –  Otto Jun 23 '13 at 18:22
    
I held off posting my comment or accepting an answer to see how things went, and so far as of this comment, I have had no further spam, so I guess the suggested answer is correct. –  Sarah Weinberger Jul 14 '13 at 21:17
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Best way to reduce spam is point of entry which is at the user registration. If you stop bots there then you will reduce a lot of spam. A neat little plug-in that has come out for wordpress is No More Captchas which uses bio-chronometric technology which uses type, click, or touch as a means of security. It will determine if you are a human or bot. There is a free version too. Jumbled up words and several re-entry's are a thing of the past.

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Now I see why I am inundated with comments. The previous stuff that I did (first answer) yielded no restrictions on comments. I added the more captchas, but that do anything visible. I added BotDetect Captcha and that for two of my blogs gave a nice captcha, but interestingly enough not for the 3rd one. We shall see what happens in the next few days. –  Sarah Weinberger Apr 11 at 23:25
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If you're going to post about your own product, please make it clear that you are doing so. Otherwise it seems a little... spammy. (Ironically.) –  Pat J Apr 12 at 3:35
    
I'm just trying to give some advise from the question which mentioned "How to Reduce Spam". Simple fact, captchas are a waste of time and don't work at reducing spam. –  NoMoreCaptchas Apr 13 at 18:03
    
That's fine. However, a simple change of wording -- eg, from "A neat little plug-in that has come out for wordpress is No More Captchas" to "A neat little plug-in that I wrote for wordpress is No More Captchas" -- would make it plain that you're offering a product that might help the OP. A simple disclosure like that makes it look much less spammy, IMO. –  Pat J Apr 13 at 19:11
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