Temporary Changes

I am not sure what has changed this week, but I have had to delete dozens and dozens of spam type comments from my posts.  It started when I had the title of one post as Harry Potter! and I wondered if that attracted an unwanted crowd.  However, since changing that title, I have still had many unsolicited comments living links to who knows what.

So….I have temporarily changed my comment status.  I now will not allow anonymous identification to comment (which I hope I can disable soon) and I am going to moderate all comments before they post.

It is my hope that this will ward off any future unwanted comments and I can return to my friendly-reader status.

Have any of you experienced this problem?  Do you have any other suggestions for me?

Thanks for your understanding in this matter!


  • Diane

    I also stopped allowing anonymous comments as well for the very same reason, and I moderate all comments, but do not use word verification. Since I changed, I have not has (1) spam message?

    good luck!

  • Kaye

    I also had to eliminate anonymous comments but will not put in word verification as that annoys me when I have to do it. I get e mail notifications when anyone posts so I can delete them fairly quickly as I check my e mail frequently. I put comment moderation in on posts over a week old. Since I eliminated anonymous, I have had only a few spam type posts but they have been easy enough to delete.

  • Vivienne

    I have only had the odd spam comment recently. I wonder if it does have something to do with more popular titled books.
    You would think they had better things to do with there time.

  • Bibliolatrist

    I've been hit with a ton of spam recently, in the form of links to shoe sales and whatnot…I had to enable comment moderation, which I hate to do, but hopefully I can return to normal soon. Blech!

  • Beth F

    It's not HP — I've been hit too. I thought about moderating and disabling anonymous comments. Instead, I'm moderating all comments to posts older than 14 days. That catches all but one or two spammers.

  • ds

    Do what you need to do. I've never "allowed" anonymous comments (too paranoid), but did add word verification after being hit with spam. It seems to have helped. Good luck!

  • Anonymous

    I've also been getting more and more spam comments, but my spam filter has been catching them. I hope things calm down a bit soon with all the spam.

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