Licked Spam

No, I didn’t open up a can of spam today and start licking that mystery meat.

When I woke up this morning there were only 13 comments in my spam folder and two in my trash folder, rather than hundreds in each as there had been over the past several weeks. Yay!

I was so fed up with getting hundreds of spam comments each day that I was considering shutting down comments altogether. But I thought that would take away what, to me, is the best thing about blogging on WordPress: interacting with my fellow bloggers. So what did I do to get my spam comments down to a “reasonable number”? I followed the advice of Di, at Pensitivity101, and several other bloggers. They suggesting closing comments on posts more than 30 days old.

I went to my settings and clicked on the button to automatically close comments on posts older than “x” days. I chose 60 days because I can deal with a few dozen spam comments a day. But if it starts to get out of hand again, I can always drop it down to 30.

So, if any of you happen across an old post of mine and wish to make a comment on it, all I can say is: too bad, so sad! 😏

10 thoughts on “Licked Spam

  1. Sadje September 10, 2021 / 10:56 am

    Lol! You have hit upon the perfect response to these spammers

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  2. margaret21 September 10, 2021 / 1:46 pm

    My posts seem to close to comments after 30 days, even though the dashboard says they’re still open. In my case, I don’t want to close them. WP moves in mysterious ways …

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  3. Nope, Not Pam September 11, 2021 / 3:02 am

    Congrats 😀

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  4. leigha66 September 20, 2021 / 11:03 pm

    So glad that worked for you, comments and the interaction with others is a big part of WordPress.

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  5. Carol anne October 9, 2021 / 6:48 am

    You can also go in to the settings and discourage search engines from being able to index your blog!
    that will also cut down on spam!
    I only found this out last night!
    its in the reading section of the settings!

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