I started getting a few spammy comments a few days ago. I posted a thread and someone suggested changing my comment settings to allowing only signed in users being allowed to comment and approval before they were published. So I changed my settings. Today the spam was even worse, took me a half hour just to delete all of them. I turned my comments off but don't want to leave it this way because I want people to be able to leave comments. What to do now?
Thanks for any advice you can give me. This is the first time this has happened to me in 5 years.
And oh yeah, the comments are mostly posted by "anonymous" and they are not showing up as spam when I first view them. Usually HP identifies the spam first. That is not happening now.
Are they targeting specific hubs or are they blasting all of the hubs that you've written? If they are after specific hubs it may help to indicate why they are doing it in the first place, whom may be offended, etc.
Forgot to note (as the others have) that allowing only signed in users to contact me AND having comment approval on, has helped to reduce spam to nearly zero, plus it lets me know when comment spam occurs so I can instantly delete it.
Sorry you got so many SPAM messages. We do try to prevent spam comments that appear automated or come from the same IP, but it can be difficult to systematically identity all SPAM comments as they are posted. I looked at the comments and they are from a bunch of different IPs. Continue to delete them and that will help the system determine what is SPAM and help prevent the same IPs from posting going forward.
I have my comments set to where I must approve them all. When people don't see their spam they get tired of it and go away. It is not worth the effort for them to just spam me because I delete it and no one ever sees it. Maybe try that for a few days? It allows people to comment but gives you final control.
LCD Writer said it all. I set my comments so I have to approve first on every site I write on if possible, and even do it on my own blogs. On sites where I can't set comments up for my approval first, they do have a delete option so I can delete all unwanted, spam comments.
Mark them as spam for hubpages before you delete them. That way they will start marking the sources. I have very little spam since I have to approve all comments. They post, see that it doesn't show up and go away.
Yes, I'm getting exactly the same thing. This "anonymous" is running through all my hubs posting completely unrelated nonsense. It is happening so rapidly that it cannot be an individual doing it. It's some kind of bot.
I, too, have my set my comments settings to allow only signed in users to post, and all comments have to be approved, so they are not appearing for anyone but me to see. I cannot imagine what the motivation for this is other than just to show that someone can bypass the content settings.
What this says to me is - change your settings to allow non-signed in people to comment.
By allowing only signed-in users, you're preventing the vast majority of your readers from commenting, which is a good way to alienate readers who might otherwise become fans of your writing! As you've seen, it doesn't stop the spam, so why bother?
Setting your comments so you have to approve them is a good strategy though.
Got nine more spam posts. I don't know whether to be honored that the spammer is going through my hubs that have no traffic or irritated that it's forcing me to spend so much time cleaning out its tripe.
They have gone through mine a couple of times from my first Hub in 2008 to the one I posted yesterday. While I am deleting their comments, they are continually posting more. I deleted all of them before I went to bed last night and got up to find 25+ new ones. No one but me can see them, and I delete them and report them as soon as I see them, so I don't know what their motivation could be.
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