So, as you probably know or don’t know. I like comments. They are pleasant to read, sometimes. Other times they are not nice, but what can you do? Why I’m starting with this? I wanted to see if allowing anyone to comment without a WordPress account would be a good idea and bring in more comments? I know most users don’t have a WordPress account. And being able to comment without a WordPress account. May lead to more comments in theory.
So here are my results from the test I did. And it’s pretty much how I thought it would go. So Here are the spam comments I got from bots. Some of them are funny, and others are just sad. And sometimes, it is from the same account / IP, but the email and link are different.
These comments are more or less the same, asking if you can recommend something, ignoring the post, but these comments are in the trash as clearly spam. I have to wonder what these people get for creating spambots to post spam. I guess it’s a way to fill up comments with junk, like Tumblr bots used to do back then.
And then the other comments are just weird, like asking for adult toys to recommend or what kind of vape can someone could recommend. And at that point, it’s just bots spamming things of nonsense or whatnot
And I know you can turn on the “Users must be registered and logged in to comment.“ to stop the bot, and at the same time, users who don’t want to make an account can’t comment. It’s a double edge sword that keeps bots away but users as well. But this can also be used by bad actors. But there are some settings in place, like “Comment must be manually approved.” or “Comment author must have a previously approved comment.”
While not an important post. I thought it would be funny to share this blog post. Since bots are pretty wild on here, if you turn off “Users must be registered and logged in to comment.”. And since bots generally use similar keywords and words in each post marked for spam, it’s easy to disallow comment keys or disallow specific keywords.
That’s all for this post, have a good day/night.