I believe these five words are the kiss of death to a newly established blog, trying to attract readers, never mind, commenters. So when I started My French Farce, I wanted to keep Comments Moderation turned off in order to encourage people to have their say.
Well, the honeymoon lasted a couple of months but, as my dear friend Kenny would say, the BOTS have found me. In that, the Spammers are moving on in. It’s really frustrating on every level to have to implement comments moderation, but like everyone else on the Big Bad Web, I’ve been found. SKYNET is coming …
Moderation is ON!
True, the first spam only arrived yesterday. How perfect, a Monday, on the last day of April. But this morning, when I sat down at my desk and opened up wordpress to write my post — I found 17 spam comments! I know that’s a teeny tiny tip of the proverbial Spam Ice Berg, but it was enough to make me take the next step in protecting my comments space.
Thankfully wordpress has a number of reliable plugins that are effective and do the job. Not least of which is AKISMET. But now, I’m on the next line of defence. If moderation fails to stem the potential deluge in the coming weeks, or months, then I’ll probably have to add the dreaded getting commenters to login aspect.
I hope you will bare with me, dear reader, if that’s the case!