A new plugin to prevent comment spam but allow links

no spam We’ve been having trouble with Askimet, a WordPress plugin that intercepts comment spam. Any links included in the comment and the comment gets treated like spam, even though I’ve set it to allow up to 10 links in a comment. It even happens to me if I’m not logged into my WordPress account.

So I’ve turned off Askimet for now and installed Defensio, another WordPress plugin/service for intercepting comment spam. Help me test it out by attaching worthless comments with links in them.

53 thoughts on “A new plugin to prevent comment spam but allow links”

  1. Okay, Patrick, I found them and approved them. Try a comment here with a couple of links. This spam filter is supposed to ‘learn’ more quickly.

    Apologies for the hassle and thanks for your help!

  2. Thanks. What is it supposed to ‘learn’? I’m not likely to link to that site (or anywhere else on vatican.va) any time soon.

  3. I’m learning, too, Patrick. 😉

    When it intercepts a comment, it puts them in 3 categories:

    Somewhat spammy
    Moderately spammy
    Quite spammy

    I think you’re working your way from ‘quite’ to ‘somewhat’

    Next time you have a post with links, put a comment here with the links first and then wait for me to approve it here…. then post the comment in the intended thread.

  4. Griff,
    Another post of mine was just rejected on the “Enforcing Community Expectations” thread.

    1. Actually, my guess (since post 31 above went in just fine) is that it didn’t like some of the words I used.

      Bad words. Words like… well, I guess I shouldn’t dare repeat them here.

      Perhaps you could try to find out which words this program doesn’t like, and then I could refrain from using them?

  5. aarrrgggh. More problems with commenting, and I suspect the WP-Spamfree plugin that we’ve been using. People are sometimes seeing this error message and losing the text of their comments:

    “Sorry, there was an error. JavaScript and Cookies are required in order to post a comment”

    I’ve disabled it for now and reactivated Askimet. [sigh]

  6. Griff,

    FYI: Your “comments” box automatically rejects/fails-to-post any message which contains a link with a “_” in it.

  7. Griff,

    Your “comments” box automatically rejects/fails-to-post any message which contains a [underline character] in it.

    It seems to be the biggest impediment to posting links.

  8. …except, apparently for a message that contains nothing but an [underline character].

    In any other message, immediately after clicking “submit comment”, the [underline character] is immediately replaced by the text “_” before the message disappears into the ether.

  9. …except, apparently for a message that contains nothing but an [underline character].

    In any other message, immediately after clicking “submit comment”, the [underline character] is immediately replaced by the text [PRESENCE OF THE TEXT, CONTAINING THE NUMBER 95, AND AN & AND A # ALSO PREVENTS POSTING] before the message disappears into the ether.

  10. Patrick,

    I’ve deleted all the words from the WordPress list of words and phrases that automatically mark a comment as spam. Many of those words contained hyphens and underscores.

    Can you submit another test comment?

    Apologies for the hassle. I know it’s frustrating for you and others. It’s a big pain in the butt for me!

  11. Test comment with underline rejected.

    Griff,
    I suggest the following; it might help with the ‘underline character’ glitch:

    Try typing “Word[underline character]Word” (no spaces) into the ‘Leave a Reply’ comment window. Watch how the website instantly changes the underline character to a string of other characters, before going on to the next page.

    I suspect there is a clue in that moment.

  12. Griff- Was the “WYSIWYG comment editor” the program that added the little tool bar across the top of the comment box? I miss that feature. I never did figure out the old block-quote process. More PEBKAC on my part.

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