I have just been doing some messing with the site.
There has been a nagging thing about upgrading WordPress for a while, and that Richard bloke is in a sulk, so I thought I’d do it myself.
I tried to use the automatic thingy, but the fucking thing kept failing.
First of all it started whinging “Fatal error: Cannot redeclare class pclzip” which was a bit of a bummer until I discovered that all I had to do was uninstall the Automatic Upgrade plugin.
Then it started complaining about permissions. Fuck that! I deleted the whole thing and reinstalled it. I’ll show it who’s boss.
I did one other thing though.
On Tuesday I had around 80 spam comments.
On Wednesday I had around 110. Fairly normal?
Yesterday and today I have had none!
Spam is so bloody irritating because I have to wade through it every day to see if there are any genuine ones that landed by mistake. Sometime I just delete it all anyway, and hope for the best.
That problem is in the history books now, as I don’t expect to get more than three or four spam a day.
So how did I do it?
It’s very simple actually.
All my spam was obviously coming from automated things that had addresses in their databases. All the spam was going to the same old posts.
So all I did was set my options to disable comments on any post older than 14 days.
It will be a minor inconvenience to the tiny minority who want to comment on older posts, but you can’t make an omelette etc.
As for the spammers.
Nailed the bastards!