Notifier Overwhelmed With Spam Comments

Aaaargh !!

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I was not going to write another post until Valentine’s Day

But !!

I have a story to tell about what NOT to do in comments and save yourself a lot of aggravation.

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Since I have been blogging 19 months ago, between us we have written almost 10,000 comments. Fantastic !! Thank you.

In among those comments, I approved and answered 4 anonymous comments, all relevant to the posts. ie.Β  “Lovely words” in a poetry post etc. I knew nothing about spam, spammers, hackers, trolls. I did not even think about them. All I knew that spam tried to sell me viagra (which is no use to me as I don’t have a girlfriend or I didn’t need somewhere to hang my hat πŸ˜‰ ) Even if I did know about them then, I did not know what to look for in a bad comment.

A few days ago my notifier suddenly started to fill up with weird comments and it went on and on.

Dozens of them !!

Mystery men with weird comments. The 4 I approved were similar but a lone anonymous comment
1. Mystery men with weird comments. The 4 I approved were similar but lone anonymous comments

I asked for help to stop it in the WP Forum. All I was told and the ONLY advice I received from WP Staff/Volunteers was to click Spam and over time Akismet would learn, but I had dozens in my notifier !!

2. Click Spam and it will go away I was told.
2. Click Spam and it will go away I was told, but there were dozens of them.

I needed a way to stop it fast !! I found that a link and IP numbers were common in many of these comments in my notifier.

I suddenly remembered Comment Blacklist in:

Dashboard/Settings/Discussion/Comment Blacklist

I could not get the information I needed on my notifier as I had hit spam. I needed the information to blacklist each one.

Dashboard 1000+ comments in spam
3. Dashboard 1000+ comments in spam in 12 hours

I clicked on “1,145 comments” in pic#3

As I knew the time the comment came in. I found it quickly.
4. As I knew the time the comment came into my notifiier. I found Ebony quickly in spam.

See the Ebony comment ! It does not have link under the Mystery Man avatar. I know that NOW !! Not then !! It’s BAD !! The Takeshi Face Book one is BAD as well !!

Because that Ebony comment was found in my notifier. I copied the number underneath and pasted it in my Comment Blacklist.

Ebony IP is now blacklisted
5.Ebony IP is now blacklisted

Those I have blacklisted, the top 4 are the most prolific and the rest entered my notifier recently. I am not going to take a chance that Akismet may go down. So I now have that extra protection by blacklisting. A bad comment every minute is still being intercepted by Akismet in my blog.

BUT SOME STILL GET THROUGH !!

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Yesterday, in the WP Forum, I was told to go back through all my comments to see if I had approved any bad comments which look like the Ebony one above. It took me hours to go through 493 pages, but I found 4 approved anonymous ones which I spammed and I also trashed my replies. I also found some anonymous cell phone comments. I thought I knew who they were from, but I trashed them anyway. My comments are now clean.

6. There were 456 pages of comments to look through. Aaargh !!
6. There were 493 pages of comments to look through. Aaargh !!

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Please look at format of the comments of Takeshi and Ebony in Pic#4.

It may be an anonymous Mystery Man with a sweet comment.

But be brutal. Spam it !!

separatorRalph xox πŸ™‚

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70 Comments on “Notifier Overwhelmed With Spam Comments

  1. Urk!!! You really attract not only sweet, genuine folks (yes, we know who I’m talking about), but those creepy ones. What a monster you’ve had to deal with, Ralph. Karma will get them too, I sincerely hope. Take care . Baci e abbracci a te ed I gatti! πŸ™‚ xxxooo

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    • Hi Yvonne πŸ˜€ Mucho Urk !!

      Yay !! That’s true Ms Karma will have a field day with these people.

      Grazie per gli abbracci e baci. Sia io che i gatti inviano lotti di nuovo voi. Ralph xox πŸ˜€

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  2. “I don’t perhaps know the way I finished in place listed here, but I idea this particular create once was wonderful” (quote from one of the many weirdos attempting to infiltrate my site!). Sorry you’re having such a bad time with those #$%^& spammers Ralph, how completely frustrating!! 😦 I don’t honestly understand exactly what it is that they are trying to do, but I’m grateful that my spam filter catches so many of them. I hope you’re able to evict all of them soon. Or at least get some useful tips on mortgaging and weight loss remedies in the meantime. πŸ˜‰ Good luck. xox HD

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    • Hello my friend πŸ˜€ I don’t know why they do it as well !! Probably some spotty nose kid had downloaded an underground spamming program and playing with it while his Mum is down stairs shouting, “Spotty ! Your tea’s ready ! “.
      I have some PG Tips πŸ˜‰ hehe. Big hug. Ralph xox πŸ˜€
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  3. Eek, what a mess. I hear others complaining of spam and I have been blessed to not have any.

    thank you for the warnings and good to known information.

    Lo siento much que ha tenido que pasar tantas problemas. Sinceramente le deseo que todo se ha resolvado.

    ~ t

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    • Hola Tonia πŸ˜€

      Yes. Eek just about sums it up.I hope with this warning it will never happen to you. I’m sure it won’t.

      Si todo estΓ‘ resuelto mi amigo. SΓ³lo el impar gracias de vez en cielos. Que tengan una semana encantadora. Ralph xox πŸ˜€

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  4. Sometimes I have to look all over bits on the comments to see if they are real or spam. They are getting clever. There are ones that insult either the author or other commenters.

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    • Hi Al πŸ˜€ You have your duck’s bill screwed on. Well done !! At least you are not as ignorant as me about these things. Mind you. I expect you get loads of comments from other social sites !! So you have to be more careful than me. Ralph πŸ˜€

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  5. GRRRRRRRRR!!!! You poor darling, these things are sent to test us and i’m so sorry to hear that this has happened to you. If ever I’m in any doubt, I delete the comment but like you say, you can’t always be sure. Over time I’ve probably deleted some bone fide ones but better safe than sorry. I’ve learnt not to tag anything ‘saucy’ in my posts as in the past I got a lot of spam by mentioning the obvious – for example Big cocks in Bali is one of my top hits and Swingers in Jakarta comes a close second. I hope you get rid of this pestilence soon. Big hugs, Lottie XXX

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    • Hello Lottie πŸ˜€ Is your GRRRRRR !! a sexy Shirley Bassey one
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      or are you upset about what happened to me. Both are acceptable πŸ˜‰

      I would never delete your comments no matter what you had been doing in Bali and Jakarta πŸ˜‰ hehe

      Yes. My notifier is a lot quieter now, thank heavens.

      Are you enjoying the rain ?

      Big hugs back. Ralph xox πŸ˜€

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  6. Thank you for the tips Ralph. I think it will take a lot of brain from Akismet to learn them all. By then he (she) might say I give up πŸ™‚

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    • Hi YC πŸ˜€ I thought that it was a person until I read this in a WP forum. Have a great week. Ralph πŸ˜€
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      franklinveaux
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      Nov 16, 2012, 9:13 AM

      Weird spam messages that don’t have any links are often β€œprobes.”

      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 β€œblack hat SEO” operators, and slammed with spam like whoa

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      • Yes, they will be here with us for a while unless there is a more radical way of doing thing. Please have a great week too πŸ™‚

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      • I will have a great week now that the spam has stopped for 9 hours and Valentine’s day coming up this week YC πŸ˜€

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    • Hi Sylvia πŸ˜€ So it’s you !! You shooed it over to me here in Spain !! I do hope it’s fended off by Akismet. I’d hate to wake up by a tsunami of spam comments littering the floor of my salon in the morning πŸ˜‰ Happy Monday my friend. Ralph xox πŸ˜€

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    • Wow. Thanks !! I got your lovely smile Sylvia πŸ˜€

      I have added you to the “Thank you for the Valentine’s Day cards received up to 10Feb14” ecards on my sidebar………… well, I didn’t know what else to put, or where you are πŸ˜‰

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  7. A great warning post, my friend
    yeah we have to take care when we accept first time:-)

    I think Akismet do a great job for me….

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    • Hi Drake πŸ˜€ Hahaha !! I love that video especially the singing Vikings.

      Akismet has and is doing wonders now for me. It’s all my fault for letting it happen in the first place …… unknowingly !!

      Ralph πŸ˜€

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      • Yeah admit I’m a Monty Phyton freak, always been… πŸ™‚

        Yeah we all learn by our mistakes
        – and yes I have learned a lot through the years… πŸ˜‰

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      • So true ! Talking about mistakes ! One sign of a bad comment is one word with the letters mixed up.

        Phyton = Python

        I knew it !! You’re a Spamdrake ! 😯 πŸ˜‰ hehe

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  8. Thank you my hilarious friend for doing all the P.I. work for us. Some people get pleasure in aggravating others. It wasn’t long ago you did a great post on trolls. Now on another note, I have just returned from a wonderfully long vacay. I didn’t forget you and a valentine but I don’t see an email addy anywhere on your blog to contact you? Can you post me your email? πŸ™‚

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  9. How horrible for you that you have to spend your precious time in these silly games of bastards ! I don’t have problems at the moment, but I have had. Thanks for the tips and warning and a great hug – SΓ©rach ❀

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    • Hi Serach πŸ˜€

      I agree. It was awful !! It’s so nice to hear that you have been untouched. I woke up this morning and checked my spam.

      I THINK IT HAS STOPPED !!

      The last bad comment was made 5 hours ago. Only 3 items in spam, not 1000 !! I am not counting my chickens yet, but I think I am having a “whew” moment after so many days of hell with these spam comments. Back to my lovely viagra spam !! πŸ˜‰ hehe

      Big hug. Ralph xox πŸ˜€

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    • Hi Beth πŸ˜€ We won !! Victory is ours ! I am back to my normal favourite viagra spam ! Yippee ! Have a lovely day. Ralph xox πŸ˜€

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    • Hi RoSy my friend πŸ˜€ Your “Bye, bye !” did the trick. They didn’t want to mess with you and left in a panic !! Big hug and a medal. Take your pick !! πŸ˜‰ hehe Ralph xox πŸ˜€
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      • Thanks RoSy !! Something else I have just learned. Putting an image in a comment in the Notifier doesn’t work, but it does in the blog post comments.

        Pick another medal !! πŸ˜‰ xox

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  10. I have been lucky so far and have not had too much trouble. Word press puts alot of it in the spam box for me to look at. Then I delete it

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    • Hi Trkingmomoe πŸ˜€ Fantastic !! I am sure that you will be okay now you know what to look for, just in case !! Happy Monday to you my friend. Ralph xox πŸ˜€

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    • Hi Andrew πŸ˜€ Great to hear. I hope you or anyone else never have to go through this. Have a fabulous week. Ralph πŸ˜€

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  11. Arrrgh! Hideous and what does it achieve? Most of it doesn’t even make sense. Do you think there’s a Spam to English/other real language translating tool out there?

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    • Hi Gallivanta πŸ˜€

      Arrrgh indeed !! I can’t see the point in it either, other than just being devilish and a plain nuisance.

      A Spam to English translating tool ? You had better ask ledrakenoir (above) as he’s a “spamdrake” or as he calls himself a “dramspake” πŸ˜‰ hehe

      Hugs. Ralph xox πŸ˜€

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      • The spamdrake or dramspake who likes Monty Phyton, or have I got my spakes and drams muddled? Now here’s a thought… which has surely been thought before…perhaps spam is actually the weapon of the world’s intelligent intelligence agencies trying to access the vital information we hold πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ I wouldn’t put it past them to try something that intelligent.

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      • Now, that’s intelligence at work my friend. You have exposed their way of operating ! Mind you, they could just read our blogs ! But that needs intelligence to think of something like that πŸ˜‰

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  12. Oops, I guess I should not have painted your blog address on the bathroom wall down at the bus station…..my bad. πŸ˜‰
    Good luck with the spam battle!! 8)

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    • KATIE !!!!!!!
      You are a bad girl and you know what happens to bad girls ? πŸ˜‰
      You’re up early ! Or have you been out all night ? πŸ˜‰
      The spam battle is won. They’ve gone. Probably coming your way πŸ˜‰
      Big hug. Ralph xox πŸ˜€

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      • I’ve been out scrubbing the walls.
        Thanks for the warning. I will raise the bridge and be on the look out! 8)

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      • I know you’ve been out scrubbing walls Katie. You cleaned windows as well. It was on CNN πŸ˜‰ hehe
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      • Hi Katie. It’s come to my notice that this is a case of mistaken identity. This was not you. You can sue me πŸ˜‰

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  13. Hi Ralph, I’m getting a lot of spam, too, but I haven’t gone to the effort you have to remove it, other than trashing it. πŸ™‚ Good luck with the black list. Just make sure I don’t end up on it! πŸ™‚

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    • Hi MVBFM πŸ˜€

      I had better do some checks on this comment.

      Hmmm.

      Mystery Man !!………… Looks fishy !!
      Comment from Facebook………eeek !!
      No spelling mistakes……..could be getting clever !!
      No xox’s………………………Whew. That’s okay. It’s you Marsha πŸ˜€

      You almost did end up on my blacklist for no xox’s MVBF. Big hug. Ralph xox πŸ˜€

      PS The spam has started again in vengeance, but Akismet is now catching every bad comment. So I don’t care now. I reckon it’s someone who reads my post and is a little cheesed off that he/she is beaten. Yay, for the good guys !!

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  14. Sounds like you got a bad glitch there. Luckily, I’ve had very few problems. Just every now and then one sneaks in.

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    • Hi Georgia πŸ˜€ This is almost in your field. Why do you think they do it ? Boredom, control, bullying ? Ralph xox πŸ˜€

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  15. When in doubt, hit trash rather than spam. If you spam the comment of a legitimate wordpress blogger, wordpress will put all their comments on every blog they comment on into spam. It is not easy to get them to fix it, and when they finally do they say that is it, they will only fix it once. If it happens a second time that person is out of luck forever (so please don’t spam this). So if you aren’t 100% certain the comment is spam you can save someone else from a major headache or worse by just hitting the trash button instead.

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    • Hi LB πŸ˜€ I totally agree with you, now that I know what to look for. I would never ever spam one of your comments my friend. Big hug. Ralph xox πŸ˜€

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  16. We’ve all been there, Ralph. It is such a headache. I only had it happen to me a few times directly n my Notifications. I hit SPAM every time and I haven’t seen them since. I don’t think I had nearly has many as you though. I have not had to use the Blacklist yet. Akismet usually catches everything on mine. But who knows what the future holds.

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    • Hi Loving πŸ˜€ I really do hope that you are spam free for ever my friend. For me, it went quiet for a day then Akismet caught hundreds, not one got through to my notifier and a few hours ago it stopped. So a victory party is in order I reckon. Hugs. Ralph xox πŸ˜€

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  17. Hi, Ralph. I’ve noticed a tremendous increase in spam comments on my blog as well. Not as bad as this and always in my spam queue. I’ve not approved any comments from any spammers that I know of. Most of my approved comments are from bloggers I regularly communicate with or new followers. My spam comments are mostly from porn spammers. Wonder what’s going on? XOXOX Elizabeth

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    • Hi Elizabeth my special friend πŸ˜€

      If the spam is intercepted by Akismet on your dashboard there is nothing to worry about.

      If the occasional spam turns up on your notifier, that’s also nothing to worry about. Just spam it.

      But if you have lots of similar spam in your notifier then you probably have approved a spammer’s comment in the past and you will have to find it and spam it.

      Oh. The porn spammers !! They’re in my Akismet spam too. I have no idea why they want me to buy viagra every day πŸ˜‰ hehe. Big hug my friend and have a happy Valentine’s day. Ralph xoxox πŸ˜€

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  18. What a terrible experience Ralph. More like a nightmare…and thanks for sharing all those tips. Who know when we might need them? And by the way thank you for promoting my soup and scones here. I feel very honoured. Like some special queen. Have a wonderful week!

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    • Hi Queen Liz πŸ˜€ *curtsey*

      I hope this post helps you know what to look for so you can stay out of trouble. As I said, your posts are really good. Big hug. Ralph xox πŸ˜€

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    • Hi Julita πŸ˜€ Wow. Thank you my friend. I am so pleased that you said “role” model instead of “catwalk” model πŸ˜‰ Happy Valentine’s Day my friend ! Ralph xox πŸ˜€

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