WordPress Comment Spam Even with Comments Disabled for Blog

By | April 27, 2007

I have my wordpress blog at http://diary.vishalon.net. Every day I am getting hundreds of comment spam. I had installed comment spam fight plugin and it seems like worked for few days but again I was getting spam comments. I changed the settings of blog so that only logged in user can put a comment. I even disabled comments completely but all efforts were in vein. I tried to find some information on google but couldn’t get it So I thought let me debug the application and check it out why I am getting hunderds of comments everyday. For this, in wp-comments-post.php file I wrote a code to write all parameters in a text file so I can check out what’s wrong with application. I can post my comment and see the log file but for spam, there was no log trail. It seemed to me that comments are coming from other  files. so I moved that code into config file and I found that those comments are actually trackbacks. If you want to check if the comment is trackback or not, check the Email value of comment. If you see it empty, it means it is a trackback. I disabled trackback by loggin in site > Options > Discussion and disabling trackback and pingback.

Now I am relieved of spam comments(actually trackbacks).

Vishal Monpara is a full stack Solution Developer/Architect with 12 years of experience primarily using Microsoft stack. He is currently working in Retail industry and moving 1’s and 0’s from geographically dispersed hard disks to geographically dispersed user’s mind leveraging geographically dispersed team members.

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