Warning !!!! Troll In WordPress Comments

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(Credit: The two pictures in this post were obtained via “Troll Pictures” in a Google Search)

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Warning !!

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How do I know ??

This is an example troll comment email I received:

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I have been hit twice over the last few weeks. The first time by about 30 comments and yesterday by 6 comments similar to above. At least 2 other friends in WP have been hit by this idiot’s comments and there are probably many of you who are unsure what to do when receiving such a comment.

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How to recognise a troll comment

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  1. Click on the “Unknown Man” avatar and the Gravatar page will tell you the “Unknown Man” is FALSE.
  2. The comment has absolutely nothing to do with the post.
  3. The comments are placed at random throughout the posts
  4. Different names are used to try to bypass Spam detection.
  5. If you look at the URL it derives from Facebook. ( All of the 36 troll comments to my blog came via Facebook.)

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What to do.

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  1. MOST IMPORTANT : DO NOT APPROVE THE COMMENT !!
  2. (If you HAVE approved the comment. Go to the comment. Click “Edit” and “Move to Trash”. DO NOT ANSWER THE COMMENT with “I don’t understand” as you are feeding the troll. Ignore the idiot)
  3. In the email or your notifier (the orange light in the black WP bar at the top of the page) click on “Mark as Spam” and you will find that the troll comment has moved into your Dashboard sidebar “Comments” Spam. Where you can take great pleasure in emptying the troll‘s comment into the Void Of Nothingness.

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Always remember

  1. You are Editor In Chief of your own blog.
  2. You have total control over comments, where you can………
  3. …….trash any comment you don’t like.
  4. …… edit out any links, correct typos or wording in a comment.

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And finally

Don’t be confused or upset by these type of comments. Take great pleasure in ignoring the troll and sending the comment to the Void Of Nothingness.

Oh well, that’s all my comments in your posts gone to the Void Of Nothingness then πŸ™‚ hehe !!

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You wouldn’t ? Would you ???

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Ralph xox πŸ™‚

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Update 08Feb14

I found this in the WP Forum under “Bizarre Spam attack going on”

franklinveaux
Member
Nov 16, 2012, 9:13 AM

Weird spam messages that don’t have any links are often “probes.”

The idea is fairly straightforward:

1. A spammer spams a forum, blog, guestbook, Web form, or whatever with a seemingly innocuous post. Sometimes, the post is generated by software that produces gibberish that sounds like it might be plausible. Each one of these posts is unique; the spammer never uses the same exact one twice.

2. After a day or two, the spammer uses automated search tools to search for the spam posts. The automated software keeps a database of the unique spam posts and the forum, blog, guestbook, or whatever where it was posted.

3. If the Web search sees the spam post, then the spammer knows that particular blog or forum or whatever isn’t running effective antispam or IP blacklisting defenses. Now all of a sudden the address of that blog is more valuable to the spammers; the address of the forum or blog will likely be sold to other spammers and “black hat SEO” operators, and slammed with spam like whoa.

If you know the commenter….fine. If not, check it’s a real comment. If not….spam !! Never approve !!

89 Comments on “Warning !!!! Troll In WordPress Comments

  1. Another tip: copy and paste the email in “discussion setting => comment black list.

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    • Wow !! Thanks Esther πŸ˜€
      Like everyone else I am still learning about the Dashboard, mainly by trial & error.
      I wasn’t sure whether to bring it up in the WP forum !!
      36 copies of different emails would be too much for me !! But maybe I should if it happens again, so long as this idiot is caught !!
      Ralph xox πŸ˜€

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      • Very interesting. I’m tired of all the spams I delete every day. Thank you! πŸ™‚

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      • You shouldn’t have to do it. The technology is out there to take these people down, but WP has not got the will to use it against this type of harassment and clear WP of any more such attacks.

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  2. I am warned. I shall not feed the troll. However I will feed Ralph. What would you like for dinner or is it breakfast?

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    • Oh !! That’s so sweet of you my friend. A full English Christmas dinner with a funny hat and crackers would be lovely Gallivanta πŸ˜€ I didn’t have one this year πŸ˜₯ Ralph xox πŸ˜€
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      • I hope you have some champagne left for New Year’s Eve OR is it just a week long party you are having πŸ˜‰

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      • oH my gosh, Ralph. I just got trolled. Only it’s really weird. Not sure I can delete it because it’s tagged on to a comment I made on someone’s else’s blog. Arrrgh.

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  3. Everyone is on the lookout for a mummy invasion. How clever of the trolls to take advantage! I will be vigilant. Stay safe my friend. 8)

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    • Hi Katie πŸ˜€
      What !! Is your Mom-in-law coming for the New Year !??!
      Yes, be vigilant. You may find a troll in your top drawer πŸ˜‰
      Big hug to you and Lil’ Red. Ralph xox πŸ˜€

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      • Have not found one yet! I have one drawer left to check……..nope, just a forgotten, half eaten protein bar.

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  4. thanks for the tips, ralph. i wish there was a button whereby we could have them sent to a remote island with no wifi. maybe i just haven’t found it yet –

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    • Hi Ashley πŸ˜€ Wow-oh-wow !! That’s a lot !!! What exactly do you do about them may I ask ? Ralph xox πŸ˜€

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  5. Thanks–this just happened this morning–with a new wrinkle–a troll replying to a comment I made on someone else’s post. It made sense in regards to a recent post of mine, and I replied–only later did I see the context. Having some trouble deleting things.

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    • You cannot delete a comment in someone else’s blog ONLY your own by clicking on “edit” at the top of the comment. A new page will open. Click “move to trash” then “update”. Open up your Dashboard. Click on the sidebar “Comments” and at the top of the new page you will find in blue “trash (1)” Click on that and “empty trash” and it’s gone for good. I hope that helps πŸ˜€

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      • Yep–so far I do not have any such comments directly to me–but only in reply to ao comments I made to others. I have it sorted out, I think–thanks.

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    • Thanks for the reblog Alice. The more bloggers are warned and how to deal with it, the better πŸ˜€

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  7. No worries on me feeding the troll – I don’t cook! πŸ˜‰

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    • Hehe !! Nor do I. Toni my neighbour does it for me πŸ˜€ You are fun RoSy. Ralph xox πŸ˜€

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  8. You are so witty, and I so appreciate when you share your expertise. Thank you! xoxo πŸ˜€

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    • Hi Rene πŸ˜€ Not expertise !! I am bumbling along like everyone else. If something like this happens, I like to share what I have found. I love helping others. Ralph xox πŸ˜€

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  9. AHRRRR! Don’t you hate it? I get this crap all the time and it annoys me. Do these guys not have a life? If they have all this free time you’d think they could spend it in more worthwhile endeavors. I’d never trash one of your comments, dear. Not even if you raged at me for something. But then I’d probably deserve it. πŸ˜‰ Love and hugs. Elizabeth

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    • Hi Elizabeth πŸ˜€ Oh, I could never be angry with you. Anger is not my nature. I totally agree with you that these idiots could use their talents for positive porpoises. I have only seen spam in my comments 3 times as bulk hits over the 18 months I’ve been blogging, but I don’t care, into spam and the Void Of Nothingness they went screaming πŸ˜‰ Valerie was hit by 70 idiotic comments last night, which were immediately spammed. Well done to her !! Big hug your majesty (you are the queen of England … yes ?) πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox πŸ˜€

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  10. Gosh!! Hi Cynthia….wait…don’t trash this comment…hehe…

    I guess the spammers are getting more and more friendly from time to time…LOL…

    Thank you for sharing this info with us…I do hope I won’t get a comment from Sheila…

    Cheers!! πŸ˜€

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    • Hi Wendy πŸ˜€ You’ve been peeking via my laptop camera. Just because I’m wearing stockings …….ummmm …… hehe πŸ˜‰ doesn’t mean I’m a Cynthia !! You can spam me any time …… is it pleasurable ? Who’s Sheila ….is she desperate for a man ? Oh, *looking around* there’s none here πŸ˜† Ralph xox πŸ˜€

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      • Gosh!! Did I just get caught red-handed?? *rushing off to dye them back to normal colours*

        I may need to be extra careful next time, my friend!!

        Oops…did I just type out this spam without you realizing?

        Yeah…you’ve just got SPAMMED..hehe…

        Have a wonderful and blessed Year 2014!! Cheers~ πŸ˜€

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  11. Great share Ralph! As I am quite careful to filter out my spam, I know there are some, especially new to WP who may not be familiar with these trolls. Great of you to put it out there and love the descriptive pics that demonstrate! πŸ™‚

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    • Hi Debby πŸ˜€ You are really switched on concerning spam. I think it’s time that these idiots are taken down for good and made do something useful like making slush-puppies in Antarctica πŸ˜‰ Hugs. Ralph xox πŸ˜€

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  12. Hi Ralph. I just looked at my spam inbox. That gets more activity than I do, but I didn’t even bother to sort through for friends because there were 1037 of them! So if I accidentally deleted some of your comments, I’m dreadfully sorry. πŸ™‚ What are you doing for New Year’s MFR?

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    • Hi MVBF Marsha πŸ˜€ I check both my dashboard spam and email spam every day just in case a damsel-in-distress is trapped in there. If no such person the rest are deleted with my greatest of pleasure.
      Nothing. I may go down stairs to Toni & Pedro but it all depends if my cold clears. How about you ? Ralph xox πŸ˜€

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      • I had let mine go, for just a couple of days, and all of the sudden I had a regular city in my Spam Box. I don’t know if any of them were friends, though. I hope not! πŸ™‚ We are having Jean and Kelly over and play cards in the evening, and during the day, Paula and the kids are coming back over. We had a wonderful Christmas with them. It’s just fun. I think we are going to play croquet. Lots of love to you MFR πŸ™‚

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      • I am so pleased to hear that you had/are having a lovely holiday period with family and friends. This week has been the first week in months when I can just relax at home, without builders, hospitals and having to do things…..it’s been wonderful πŸ˜€
        I used to play croquet at school…..loved it !! xox

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  13. PS. I just looked at my sign in before I pressed post comment. It was from my FB! What’s up with that. I changed it! πŸ™‚

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  14. I don”t feed anyone and I don’t like trolls ! Dear Ralph I wish you a Happy New Year with a lot of wonderful things, happiness and health πŸ™‚ ! ❀

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    • Well done Serach !! They’ll try to bite your finger off if they had the chance …. but no chance with you πŸ˜€ Happy New Year !! Ralph xox πŸ˜€

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  15. I learn the most interesting things from you Ralph. Thanks for this post. I hope you have a blessed new year, filled with great health, abundant joy, and much laughter. πŸ™‚

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  16. Excellent instructions, Ralph πŸ™‚

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  17. I keep getting “followers” that when I look at their “blogs” it raves on about “how to make money blogging”. I presume these are all non legitimate blogs. Sad, because it seems I have more of those than actual proper bloggers 😦

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    • Hi Tracy πŸ˜€ I’ve met a few of those blogs on my travels around WP but none have visited my blog except for the occasional Nigerian who wants to give me US$17 million πŸ˜‰ Big hug. Ralph xox πŸ˜€

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  18. Good early morning my friend πŸ˜€

    You never know, maybe the troll is a secret admirer. I wouldn’t be so secret πŸ˜‰

    Glad I could help. Hugs back. Ralph xox πŸ˜€

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  19. I’ve only received a few of these and always mark them as spam. I had no idea that they were called Trolls.

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    • Hi Mary πŸ˜€ Since this post I have not had or seen another attack from a troll. Ralph xox πŸ˜€

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