[Gluster-infra] Wordpress spam comments increasing... :(

Justin Clift justin at gluster.org
Tue Sep 23 13:53:55 UTC 2014

On 23/09/2014, at 1:37 PM, Jeff Darcy wrote:
>> A lot more comment spam has started hitting our Wordpress
>> installation over the last few days.  Instead of the general
>> 5-10 per day, it's been ramping up to 20-30 a day.  Yesterday
>> we had 100+.  (hoping that will drop off, but doubting it)
>> We already have the "Akismet" spam prevention plugin installed
>> and activated.  It just seems like it's not doing a great
>> job any more.
>> Anyone have practical ideas on how to combat this problem?
> Auto-closing posts older than a certain age can help bring those numbers
> back down, without affecting useful discussion.  IIRC this functionality
> now exists in WordPress itself, but if not there are also plugins to do
> it.  Unfortunately, my experience has been that CAPTCHAs don't work very
> well.  It blocks the true bots, but there seem to be a surprising number
> of humans (hired through Amazon Mechanical Turk or similar) who can get
> past any reasonable CAPTCHA.  I ended up using an external comment
> system on an otherwise static site, in part because of the spam.

Cool.  I'll look into the auto-closing posts thing.  Hopefully that reduces
the problem a lot. :)

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