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Questions tagged [spam]

Unsolicited messages (spam), especially advertising, as well as sending messages repeatedly on the same site, disruptive online messages, especially commercial messages posted on a computer network or sent as email.

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Why do I get comment spam even with Akismet and Captcha?

I'm a bit perplexed why I keep getting so many spam comments ... Even though I use both the Akismet and WP-reCAPTCHA plugins on my WordPress blog! WP-reCAPTCHA should stop machine entered spam, but ...
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how to reduce the number of spam comments

I've got the Akismet plugin on my WordPress site but I've been getting more and more spammy comments (that get caught). I'm amazed at the number as the site isn't that popular and doesn't have much ...
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Removing the “Website” Field from Comments and Replies?

In an effort to combat comment spam, I'd like to hide or remove the "Website" field from the "Leave a Reply" section for page and site comments. I have no desire to increase others page rankings by ...
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Experiences with adding Nonces to the comment form

I was wondering about the impact nonces would have on the default comment form a theme has. Because Nonces are a built-in feature of WordPress I thought about giving it a try. Does somebody has ...
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A spam bot loves me, what can I do?

I'm receiving many many spam comments using the same username and I guess it is a bot that keeps on submitting comments. In one week I get around 100 such comments (which is quite a lot for my small ...
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Tips for finding SPAM links injected into the_content

I'm working on a client's site and I noticed that posts have a hidden <div> filled to SPAM links to dick pills, etc. Hoping to get lucky, I searched for some of the keywords in the database ...
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How to spam-filter a custom content type with the Akismet plugin?

I have several inputboxes and no textareas in my custom content type. Can I use Akismet that comes with WP for that? If I can, how to do that? E.g. If I have 5 inputboxes like: name, address, city, ...
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How to deal with small scale comment spam on small commercial sites? [closed]

When I've built a few sites for small businesses in the past, I've historically been able to do without anti-spam measures. I now have several sites which get maybe between 5 and 20 spam comments a ...
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What methods should be used to fend off splogs in a multiuser install? [closed]

We're running 3.1.1 multi-user with the latest BuddyPress plugin, but we're having all sorts of issues with splog signups. So far, we've started using Anti-Splog, Bad Behavior, ReCaptcha on the ...
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Getting trackback spam, even with trackbacks disabled

I'm having a heck of a time having trackbacks being disabled period on my self-hosted blog. I've disabled the "Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks)" option, and have ...
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What's the easiest way to close comments on media/attachments?

I consistently get spam attempts on various and sundry media attachments on my primary WP blog. By default, media has open comments (for instance, http://literalbarrage.org/blog/archives/2009/03/18/...
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How to remove comment spam in WordPress

I'm new to WordPress. I have lot of issues through spam comments, it gets more time to check and delete those manually. I want to keep the comment fields. So is there any way to block/track spam ...
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Local wordpress setup with SPAM in the incoming links dashboard section?

I am developing a website on my localhost and i just notice a bunch of incoming links in the dashboard's incoming links section, which doesn't look valid. When i visit the urls i don't see a reffer ...
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How to prevent spam users registering even with registration disabled

I have Wordpress Multisite with bbPress. I've disabled new user registration from network settings but I still seem to get new registrations regardless. I've read that bbPress is most likely the ...
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Allow anonymous comments, but prevent spam [closed]

Captcha, reCapthca and the like have serious usability issues. And basically anything that requires a user to fill an extra field (other than the comment) each time the user posts a comment, is ...
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How exactly does Bad Behavior plugin work?

Can someone explain to me please how exactly Bad Behavior works? On their official site, they say that it uses HTTP headers, IP, and meta fingerprinting - but I would like some specifics on its ...
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Is there any advantage to emptying comment spam?

Is there any advantage to performance (or otherwise) for emptying comment spam from within wp-admin on any regular basis? I daily have been making sure that the comment spam queue is emptied out, but ...
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Why do I get email notifications about comments that Wordpress has already determined are spam?

I have a wordpress.org blog that I host on my own site. I have the Akismet plugin installed, and in general I keep both up-to-date (e.g. at the moment, Akismet is at version 2.5.7, and Wordpress at 3....
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Number of External Links in Comments - Moderation Option

I just ran over a problem to properly use the count of external (meaning no relative or absolute links to my own blog) links on my blog for the Comment Moderation count Option. It's labeled Hold a ...
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Strategies for coping with hyperagressive spambots?

A couple of my sites are getting slammed by a hyperagressive distributed spambot. It's just pure link spam. It all comes from one user name, but from a variety of IPs. Akismet is catching the spam, ...
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How to reduce spam

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 ...
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Website is being flooded [closed]

Our website is being flooded with thousands of page requests. The access logs looks like this: **.**.250.*9 - - [24/Oct/2017:09:16:32 -0400] "GET /about-our-company/?screw-you HTTP/1.0" 200 14959 "-" ...
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Reducing spammy user sign-ups

After following the advice in a previous question (here) I've managed to nuke my spam comments. I now, however, find that every day I have a few new members sign up to the site with rubbish e-mail ...
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How Do I Prevent Junk Account Creation?

I want to allow readers of my WordPress-driven sites who comment frequently the ability to sign up and have their own account on the site. However the ratio of actual readers versus spam scripts using ...
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How is comment spam received without a comments form?

The theme one of my sites is using does not have a comments form nor is there any HTML markup for comments anywhere within the code. So, how am I receiving spam comments? All the spam is caught by ...
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What is the best way to avoid spammers registering to my blog?

I would like to be able to easily control who registers to my blog because recently I had tons of spam users registering. I came accross the plugin Stop Spammer Registrations, but i'm not sure it is ...
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Akismet plugin is deleting spam despite preferences

Curiously, Akismet is deleting old spam comments after a period of time (I'm guessing within a week). This box is NOT checked: Auto-delete spam submitted on posts more than a month old. I've sent ...
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How can I automatically delete comments that contain chinese / russian signs?

Once in a while, I get comments like these: 苍天有眼啊,让我在有生之年得以观得如此精彩绝伦的帖子。 They are absolutely useless to me. I don't even know if it's Chinese / Japanese / Korean / ... How can I tell WordPress to ...
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Check spam in custom form - akismet

I have a plugin that has input form, I have decided to check submitted data with akismet. I do have API key, WP comments are filtered correctly... here is, what I found: http://www.binarymoon.co.uk/...
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Comments view limited to 20 results - any way to increase to 50 or 100?

Each day I manually delete the spam posted on my blog. The comments view allows a maximum of 20 comments in the view. When I have 200 spam entries - I need to click through 10 times to get rid of it ...
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How to block a someone from commenting?

I keep getting spammed by the same user, well different name and site listed but always the same email, IP, and comment. the email is 1p@ultradrugbuy.com, the IP is 31.184.238.9, and the message is ...
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How do I permanently disable Pingbacks?

How can I permanently disable pingbacks on my wordpress multi user installation? I have disabled access to the wp-trackback.php file through permissions (chmod 000 trackback.php) thinking this would ...
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Something is generating spam pages on my site

The site is Videos-de-musica.com it is a simple wordpress blog with music videos. Somehow the subdomain stats.videos-de-musica.com filled up with spam, I remember setting the domain for pwiki stats, ...
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Mass delete spam accounts

Bots are ever so slowly taking over our existence and even the greatest captcha or guard will fail at points. This may result in a high amount of spam accounts that needs to be deleted. Removing ...
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What are all these spam subscribers doing here?

We look after a bunch of WordPress sites none of which run themes which involve public participation. So basically the setting Membership - anyone can register is always turned off. I have just taken ...
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Remove default user registration, login and subscriber profiles

My website has recently come under attack by a wave of spam user accounts. My website uses a custom login that forces users to use their email address as their username, however the spam users all ...
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How to expire all wordpress user passwords instantly?

So I own an article directory website and recently a lot of bots have signed up and started posting spam. (I approve posts prior to publication) I've added a captcha to the user registration page now ...
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Buddypress Fake (non-bot) Users [closed]

BuddyPress Newbie question: I have a brand new site running WP 3.3.1 and BP 1.5. Even before launch I am plagued with numerous fake users every day. I don't think they are bots, because I have a math ...
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New users must comment when requesting username

Does any one know of a Plug in that will help with reducing the number of unknown user requests to my site? current when a new user requests access I can only see an email address and username. Is ...
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Report spam button

I can't find any plugin or script to place a "report as spam" button in my comments section. The button could simply: - open a form to report a spammy or problematic comment to the admin - send an ...
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How to disable WordPress trackbacks?

I have high Google Page Rank, and as a result of that, lots of spammers make trackbacks. Every day I have to delete them. Will those trackbacks negatively affect my site's SEO? How can I disable all ...
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How to bulk delete all WordPress subscribers?

I have 20,000 fake subscribers I'd like to get rid of. The admin panel only lets you delete 200 at a time. How can I bulk delete all Wordpress subscribers via MySQL?
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Bots posting comments on pages

I'm wondering how it's possible for a bot to post a comment on page where there is no call to the comments template in the template that the page utilizes? The only place that I'm calling the ...
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How can I delete all my existing trackbacks?

I'm sorting out a long-neglected wordpress.org blog. It has over 100,000 pieces of trackback spam. How can I remove them all?
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14,000 Wordpress Users. How did they get there?

Somehow my Wordpress site has over 14,000 users. I know from looking at the records that these are "spam users"... Spam User Email martin28651162 martin28651162@promatekng.com ...
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How can I delete all users which have never commented / have posted spam comments?

My user database is full up with robots. Is there a useful SQL command to delete all the users that either a) have posted a comment marked as spam by Akismet or b) never posted a comment ?
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Comment Spammed vs Trashed

What's the difference between marking a comment as spam and trashing it?
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Auto delete Wordpress users according to time

On my WordPress site I require registration with email confirmation to help filter out spam users. How do I delete users that haven't activated their accounts by email automatically? Is it possible ...
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How to make a secure blog that is completely private?

I have a login safe application and it has hundreds of users. WordPress is a separate module of it and only used for blogging purpose [no other usage]. Both using the common database. The blogs are ...
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Contact Form 7 being hijacked to send spam? [closed]

My system emails on my linux server have been getting "message undelivered" emails which appear to be sent from the Contact Form 7 widget I have on my website. The odd thing is, there is no "to:" ...