September 25th, 2014

Fighting spam

You may have noticed a recent increase in spam comments in our community. WordPress.com has confirmed an uptick in spam activity and asks everyone to help the anti-spam effort by marking any spam messages in your blogs as such. You can do this in your dashboard, under Comments. The Akismet system that identifies and removes spam from the system uses an automated learning process, so every successful identification of a spam comment makes the system smarter.

Also, if you regularly monitor comments in your blog, you might want to select the “Before a comment appears: Comment author must have a previously approved comment” option under Settings > Discussion in your blog’s dashboard. This will require you to approve all first comments from new commenters on your blog, but once a commenter has a comment approved and they are “trusted,” their comments will appear immediately with no need for approval on your part. (As I’ve just done here.)

If you haven’t already done so, we recommend installing the free WordPress.com app on your mobile device. You can receive notifications of new comments and conveniently mark comments as spam in the app.

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