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[2.x] Still getting spam comments after turning off comments

Started by on Mar 11, 2010 – Contents updated: Mar 11, 2010

Mar 11, 2010 23:21    

My b2evolution Version: 2.x

The spam problem has gotten so bad on one of my blogs that in desperation I turned comments off. How come I'm still gettting spam comments? What now?

I've already done all the techniques in the whoo thread, first post.

Mar 12, 2010 01:20

If you disabled comments (in all blogs) you should never receive them. What you get is probably messages from contact form.

You can disable them in user profile.

Mar 12, 2010 01:21

BTW you can allow comments to logged in users only. Just install the "Basic antispam" plugin (shipped with b2ev) and configure it.

Mar 18, 2010 20:52

I have switched the comments off on all my blogs and am still getting ad comments, e.g.


03/17/10  @ 09:42  · Url: HTTP:// Ban · IP: · No Spam Karma
Hanging and wiving go by destiny.

Most of them seem to be from How do I block that IP?

I have just configured the antispam plugin for 0 URLs, to see if that helps.

I'm going to have a look through the code to see if I can see why this is happening. I suspect the logic is 'if you don't display a comment field then you can't get comments', rather than checking the validity of posting comments when the comment is sent. I'm assuming the perps are using a command line type method, i.e.



I am posting this because I think there is a problem here, Spammers/Internet Marketers are always coming up with new ways to make our lives hell.
I'll post back if I find anything useful.

Even with 0 URLs on the antispam plugin I still got this:


03/18/10  @ 17:18  · Url: Ban · IP: · Spam Karma: 0%
In response to: Suwannee Boat Ramp needs a name
Trackback from Comcast Cable Deals [Visitor]
No matter her past when a chambermaid marries a lord she becomes a lady.

Had a quick look at the code, it's pretty good but still they get through !

Mar 19, 2010 10:42

There trackbacks not comments, you can disable them in your blog settings


Mar 19, 2010 17:53

¥åßßå, Again you've made me feel like a dummy :oops:
I missed the clue 'Trackback from', but cannot find where to disable them.
I found the following:

Unless you disable trackbacks in admin i could spam you by hitting http://yourdomain.tld/htsrv/trackbacks.php?myspam

tilqicom wrote:

afaik, best way to prevent comment spamming is either using [url=]Image verification (Captcha Image)[/url] or using the [url=]Turing Test plugin[/url]

and btw you can disable trackbacks, under blog settigns > Features tab

I have Feedback Options set to no comments on all the blogs, but nothing mentions trackbacks. What am I missing? Found it! you have to allow comments before the trackback appears, so why, when I had no comments allowed did it still allow trackbacks?
Researching trackbacks on wikipedia, they appear to be a good thing IF my posts are being referenced somewhere else. I suspect it is a one-way street though. So are they corrupt technology? And does Captcha/turing test apply to trackback and comments. What would ¥åßßå do?

Well the Turing test has disappeared along with EdB.

Mar 20, 2010 08:16

I'd kill trackbacks, and I'd probably listen to edb as well ;)


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