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Comments allow your readers to add feedback to your posts and pages.  Comments extend the conversation beyond your post allowing your readers to interact with you and each other.

Unfortunately occasionally you may have unwanted comments or spam comments.

Spam Comment Protection

There are two main ways your site is protected against spam comments:

  1. All logged out visitors must enter the anti-spam word.  The anti-spam word is designed to verify a comment is human; it protects your site against automated spam comment scripts.
  2. The first comment by a new commenter is moderated and their subsequent comments are immediately published.  This ensures that only comments by commenters you trust are automatically published.

Unwanted Comment Options

Occasionally you might have an issue with spam commenter(s).

There are a range of ways you can deal with this:

  1. Change your comment moderation so that all comments are moderated and aren’t published until approved by an admin user.
  2. Set up a comment moderation list to target specific words, name, URL, email address or IP.  If it matches something anywhere in the comment’s content, name, URL, e-mail, or IP, the comment will be held in the moderation queue.
  3. Set up a comment blacklist to target specific words, name , URL, email address or IP.  If it matches something anywhere in the comment’s content, name, URL, e-mail, or IP, the comment is sent immediately to your comment spam folder.
  4. Set up Akismet to check all comments against the Akismet server.