As most of you are aware, the University blogging system has been receiving a lot of spam comments as of late. While our Akismet spam catching plugin catches 99% of the spam posted to the blogs, some posts still manage to slip through.
Over the past weekend and earlier this week the number of spam posts getting through has increased.
Updates to WordPress
Our office has taken steps to cut down on the amount of spam that is being posted:
- Discussion settings on all blogs have been modified so that comments are not allowed on older posts, most often any posts any older than 60 days old. You can modify this setting by going to Settings > Discussion on your blog Dashboard and changing the value in the option labeled ‘Automatically close comments on articles older than X days.’ We suggest keeping the box checked and only modifying this value.
- A new plugin was activated on all blogs that disallows comments on all Pages. If you would like to allow comments on your static pages, go to Settings > No Page Comment and adjust the settings there.
Email notification settings
Comment email notifications can also be turned off if you feel you are receiving too many emails from the blog. To turn off comment notification, go to Settings > Discussion on your Dashboard and unchecking both boxes under the ‘Email me whenever’ heading.