WordPress has a special filter that picks up spam comments and places them into a seperate ‘folder’. Sometimes it gets confused and comments from real live blog readers end up there – which hadn’t happened for a little while until the other day when unfortunately Linda from Poros got dumped in there 😦 It leaves me with a guilty feeling – as though I personally was ignoring their comments.
As well as the ‘business opportunities not to be missed’ and ‘I love your blog, come and see what I can do for it ‘ plus those offering weird and wonderful pills and potions to enhance you know what, there are those ones written in strange languages that we’ve all experienced. In amongst all of them there has been a recent revival of the ‘hate baby boomers’ comments (updated to COVID-19 times) and also what I’ll just describe as ‘porn offers for people of all sorts of persuasions’……not nice at all.
Nobody else gets to see them and seemingly the folder will empty itself after 30 days but because of those previously misplaced comments I check …..just to be on the safe side.
Now apart from those obnoxious ones I’ve had another strange seemingly harmless one always targeting the same post……day after day, multiple times a day. Same message from different usernames using different addresses.
This is what it says:- Muchas gracias. ?Como puedo iniciar sesion? – which seemingly is Spanish for ……Thanks a lot. how can i log in? Strange indeed!
So I thought “if it stops it maybe I’ll just delete the post and have done with it”……but was loathe to do so because I actually liked what I’d written that day. The other option was to see what happened if I just move it to the trash folder…..which takes the post away from the blog but doesn’t actually delete it.
The post went Into the trash with the result that none of it was in the spam folder for several days. OK, so I thought maybe the bot or whatever it was had been removed, except when I reinstated the post there it was again.
Nobody saw it so why was I bothered about something so perfectly harmless ? It was so repetitive it got to the stage of being annoying – there it was, taunting me, same thing over and over again (up to 30 times a day) ……spam spam spam!!!
Yesterday I did what I should have done earlier and checked online support. One answer that turned up seemed obvious once you thought about it – stop comments on that particular post!
It’s not going to stop all the other stuff but hopefully it will stop that one!
Just wondering on this Monday morning – How everyone else cope with this problem?