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how to remove existing spam comments

Started by on Oct 25, 2006 – Contents updated: Oct 25, 2006

Oct 25, 2006 15:03    

i was unable to look after my blog for about 1 month...and when i cam back..i saw it flooded with spam comments...they are mixed with genuine comments...how can i remove this already existing spam and is their ne antispam tool like word verification or something like that to avoid further problems....
plz help..i am in real bad situation...

Oct 25, 2006 16:09

This is always a problem. Especially when you want to keep the good comments. So did you get an email for each new comment? If so you can browse through them to look for URLs that are common to a bunch of them, then put that in your antispam tab so it will find the offending matches. BTW if you got hit with stuff.foo.com and thing.foo.com ban .foo.com instead of the subdomain portion. You'll catch more junk that way. Also sometimes they comment with a very specific sentence, so you can catch junk that way. The longer the string of text the better. For example "Thanks webmaster. I will visit your site often!" might net you a bunch of crap comments.

One person who had this issue and didn't mind losing some good comments decided to ban "http:" and be done with it. Almost every spam comment you get will have a URL in it, but often so do nice comments.

Good luck with it.

Oct 30, 2006 16:00

EdB wrote:

This is always a problem. Especially when you want to keep the good comments. So did you get an email for each new comment? If so you can browse through them to look for URLs that are common to a bunch of them, then put that in your antispam tab so it will find the offending matches. BTW if you got hit with stuff.foo.com and thing.foo.com ban .foo.com instead of the subdomain portion. You'll catch more junk that way. Also sometimes they comment with a very specific sentence, so you can catch junk that way. The longer the string of text the better. For example "Thanks webmaster. I will visit your site often!" might net you a bunch of crap comments.

One person who had this issue and didn't mind losing some good comments decided to ban "http:" and be done with it. Almost every spam comment you get will have a URL in it, but often so do nice comments.

Good luck with it.

I tried the "http:" idea but it kept coming up with a server host error.

Oct 30, 2006 20:09

Katya wrote:

I tried the "http:" idea but it kept coming up with a server host error.

Was that "Not Acceptable"? Then it's probably mod_security choking on the "http:" param value. Just for info..

Oct 31, 2006 00:11

You could try ".com/" then net and org to see if that'll snag the comment spammers. I'm pretty sure it'll also get mad over every hit in your hitlog, but you can uncheck the box for deleting those. Likewise the boxes for locally banning and reporting. Hmmm... You could also use your summary tab to delete all the hitlog info from each day until your hitlog is empty, then try to ban ".com/" and so on.

Oh that ban won't catch everything because not all spammers will have the trailing slash for an individual webpage, but it'll catch a lot.

Jan 03, 2007 23:58

What I do is using the URL with the offensive comment notification, go to where the comment is and delete it. I have realized that spammers put comments in posts that have pictures.

Feb 15, 2007 04:00

How do I remove all existing comments - I have none that I wish to keep. Just updated the program and the summary tab is only showing one day. i have hundreds of spam messages.

Feb 15, 2007 04:23

There is no way that I know of to remove all comments at once. To use the antispam blacklist system for this you will have to find common text across the comments and 'ban' that, then uncheck the boxes that don't apply.


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