18 Subscribers in the last 12 hours!

darnoldy

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Okay... i'm not a big board. These are my first 18 subscribers—but they are wierd.

I have the site set up so that anyone can read it, but has to register to comment. I also have it set so that everyone's first comment is moderated.

These 18 new folks have email addresses that are strangely-formed. They are also all from yahoo.com (what are the odds).

My first thought was comment spam—but none have even attempted a comment. Then I though profile spam—but none have put anything in their profile. <shrug>

What's the play? What else should I look out for?
 

darnoldy

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Dec 20, 2004
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The registrations continue (its starting to annoy me). This has got to be one guy (or bot)—the names & email addresses are too similar in structure.

I can delete these users, but there doesn't seem to be a "ban" function in WP.
 

Danielx64

Developer
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Nov 8, 2009
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The only thing is that you need to install a plug-in for antispam, and if you get the right one it will stop those bots from creating an account.
 

Drastic

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Turn off registrations. Why are you letting people register on WordPress anyway? Get a comment plugin like Facebook comments or Disqus and let that manage it for you. It brings a few extra visitors your way too.
 

darnoldy

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Turn off registrations. Why are you letting people register on WordPress anyway? Get a comment plugin like Facebook comments or Disqus and let that manage it for you. It brings a few extra visitors your way too.
'Cause I'm a WP noob—I don't know these things.
 

darnoldy

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Drastic , doubt, et al.-

Turning off registrations and deleting the ones i had was pretty straight-forward—but not allowing people to register on my site seems counter-intuitive.

There were a pile of WP plugins around social media comments... this one looked the most interesting, what do you think?

https://wordpress.org/plugins/miniorange-login-openid/

But how does this work? When I make a post, it gets shared out to various social media where people comment, then the comments are mirrored back on my site—doesn't that mean that I have several simultaneous exchanges going on that I have to monitor and participate in, that can't see each other?
 

doubt

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There were a pile of WP plugins around social media comments... this one looked the most interesting, what do you think?

https://wordpress.org/plugins/miniorange-login-openid/
One-click login to your WordPress site using social login applications like Google, Twitter, Facebook, Vkontakte, LinkedIn, Instagram, Amazon, Salesforce, Windows Live. This means, if your user is logged in to Google, user can comment on any blog or site by simply clicking the google icon - no username or password is explicitly required! Simply enable Social Login, no setup of social media application is required and you are done.
Your site will be flooded with spam.
 

Drastic

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The comments will still be on the bottom of your posts, but they will be powered by the plugin and NOT require people to register to your site.

Just install the facebook or disqus plugin and see how it works firsthand rather than reading about it here. If you like it, keep it. If not, delete it.
 

draculaIII

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Jul 4, 2012
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what i use is cleantalk spam measure.

its not a 100% but i do barely get spam. infact spam has been dropped to getting 5% spam thats a good amount.

but i also have it set up where people have to message me when they sign up verifying they actually are legit. if i get no email or nothing from the users i delete after 3 days. i also set them up for blocked role where they can only read not interact with comments, etc.
 

DigNap15

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Sep 14, 2019
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I had a word press site a few years ago and all I got was spam.
And then suggestons I buy some anti spam software.
So I no longer use WP
 
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