A Simple Dashboard Mod to Better Manage Spam Comments
Spam comments, especially long ones offering links to prescription drug sales sites, have been murder lately. Here is an idea for a simple tool that would be quite useful in managing them:
In the WordPress dashboard under settings>discussion, the following tool is offered above the Comment Moderation box...
“Hold a comment in the queue if it contains __ or more links. (A common characteristic of comment spam is a large number of hyperlinks.)”
Wouldn’t it be supremely useful if the same sort of tool was offered above the Comment Blacklist box?...
“Trash a comment in the queue if it contains __ or more links. (A common characteristic of comment spam is a large number of hyperlinks.)”
I would set mine at “5,” and that would trash pretty much all the spam comments. Then I could check the trash for any legitimate comments (very few of my real commenters post more than 5 links). All it would require to add this tool is copying the code of the Comment Moderation tool and pasting it above the Comment Blacklist with only one slight modification: changing the destination of the affected comments from the moderation queue to the trash.
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There are several plugins that do exactly what you would like to do. Some are free and some are paid.
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I figured there would be plugins for that, but I (and many others) prefer not to risk site security with third-party plugins. It would be much better if WordPress made the change to the core program or offered a secure WordPress-authored plugin. Does one exist?
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Hi there are few best plugins i would recommend for blocking the spam on site.
Akismet Anti-Spam (best and popular plugin)
Use antispam and google captcha to block automated comments on site.
For showing google captcha before submitting comments you can use "Captcha Recaptcha" plugin.
I hope this Helps.