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  1. DzyMsLizzy profile image91
    DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years ago

    Is there any way at all to block an 'outside person?'  There is a particular person who keeps visiting one of my hubs, and leaving a very brief comment, along the lines of 'the information useful' followed by a link to his website.
    The first time, he left a comment countering something I'd said, and it was incorrect, indicating he'd misunderstood what was said in the article.

    Since the person is not a HP user, as indicated by his name appearing in gray, no profilce pic, and without it being a link to their pages...is there a way to block that person from continuing to be an annoyance?

    (Yes, it is a petty annoyance, and I can easily deny the comments and mark them as spam...but with everything I've been going through in my life lately, it is just another annoyance I don't need.)


    1. relache profile image86
      relacheposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Set the relevant comment capsules to only accept comments from registered users. 

      And if the annoying person chooses to register and continues their behavior, you can use the in-house spam filters to block them.

      1. DzyMsLizzy profile image91
        DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Oh--ok, thanks, relache.  I'll have to do some digging around.  The other day, I tried to re-set something on one of my comment capsules, and it wouldn't let me, saying it was in the global pre-set.
        So, I guess I'll have to figure out a way around that...or maybe set THAT as a global preference. 
        Obviously, outside traffic is coming in, and that's a good thing for my earnings, but I don't need to deal with morons leaving ridiculous, spammy comments.   

      2. DzyMsLizzy profile image91
        DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Hi again, Relache--
          Well, I re-set that hub to 'only registered users,' and sure enough, the idiot signed up, and is at it again.  I can't find "in house" spam filters.  Where are they?

    2. Dale Hyde profile image87
      Dale Hydeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I have not had that problem here, but on one of my personal sites I have had the problem. I put a captcha in and they still persist, exactly like you referenced. On my site, I don't like all those who comment to have to register as it gets a ton of outside traffic.  There is no way to block except by blocking the IP address. This is not a good method, as when you block an IP address you block a series of IP addresses on either side of the offending IP address.

      What this type of thing does, on my site, is the most recent comments are displayed on the home page...Google picks the links up and it is also counted as a backlink for the poster. I simply have set my email from my site to notified me of all comments and delete the offending ones.

  2. psycheskinner profile image80
    psycheskinnerposted 4 years ago

    I would suggest not excluding non-members from commenting just to get rid of one person. Interactively is part of what encourages people to come back.

  3. Anna Marie Bowman profile image93
    Anna Marie Bowmanposted 4 years ago

    I get comments like that a lot.  I just mark them as spam.  I don't want to restrict non-members from leaving comments, as they often have questions or valuable information to contribute.  If it is the same person over and over again, they may get the hint if you keep marking their comments as spam and deleting them.  They may see that it isn't worth their time, and they will go elsewhere.

    1. Peggy W profile image91
      Peggy Wposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I agree.  Just delete them as spam because you do not want to block all comments from outside sources.

  4. relache profile image86
    relacheposted 4 years ago

    Anna, if the person isn't registered with the site, you can't mark their comments as spam. 

    Dzy, you should be able to set comment preferences individually by Hub, but you may need to turn off the global preferences for comment acceptance first.

  5. psycheskinner profile image80
    psycheskinnerposted 4 years ago

    You can just deny it.  If their comments never appear even the most dogged of hub-stalkers eventually gets bored and moves on to new targets.

  6. psycheskinner profile image80
    psycheskinnerposted 4 years ago

    You can just sett all comments to need your approval to post ( http://hubpages.com/my/hubs/comments ).  I bet if they never appear the troll will bet bored and eventually give up

  7. Dame Scribe profile image60
    Dame Scribeposted 4 years ago

    I have it written somewhere, my profile or on hubs, that comments are moderated to prevent spam - which has worked pretty good. I rarely get anything spammy. Maybe something you can do or may have to do hmm I don't mind smile interact with commenters or is that commentator, hmm tongue  lol

    1. DzyMsLizzy profile image91
      DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I don't mind interacting with REAL "commenters," either.  But I have neither the time nor the inclination to deal with those only interested in abusing the HP comments forms for self-promotion of external sites.
      I've already shifted that hub to "comments must be approved before they appear," as well as, "only registered users can post comments."
      This particular moron was an outside visitor leaving his (her?) spammy comments, and when I blocked outside users, lo and behold, a few weeks later,  they show up as a brand-new HP user...(as of 2 weeks ago)...and have NOTHING filled out in their profile, no hubs...but it let them again put their spam on my article.  Grrrrr...
      This time, however, I've reported them...since they did me the 'favor' of signing up....HA!