Comment spam can make your blood pressure go high at times, it’s a real issue across all content management platforms. Filtering legitimate comments from the lot can be a real pain and time consuming job.
When we talk about WordPress platform, there are a few tools like Akismet which can help you to reduce spam comments considerably.
However, in this post we will talk about another new but promising WordPress plugin called WP Spam Fighter which will fight comment spam using Timestamps.
Timestamp is the amount of time which the user spends reading the article before they make the comment. Though, this is not a comprehensive solution to block spam comments, it definitely has the potential to reduce spam comments to a great extent along with the other settings of this plugin.
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How to fight comment spam? A real tough question for millions of bloggers across the world. The solution also depends on the individual what he or she thinks correct for their site.
Some people like me choose third party commenting system like Disqus and let it fight the spam on our behalf. Some people take help of support plugins like WP Spam Fighter to reduce spam comments, you can decide for yourself which route you want to take.
Now, coming back to the plugin in discussion today WP Spam Fighter it working primarily taking two points in consideration.
- Normal users actually do read your post, which takes time. So someone sending a comment only a few seconds after having loaded the post has to be a spammer.
- Normal users do not fill fields which are not visible.
First is the duration which the users spends on the post, generally a legitimate user will not make a comment immediately after the post loads. So, the system will try to find out if the reader actually reads the post before they make the comment.
Secondly, the plugin uses the honeypot-based mechanism. A legitimate user generally will fill the details which they can see but a Spam bot can play over-smart and tend to fill all the details including which are not visible to general users.
So, if you are looking for ways to control comment spam on your WordPress site, you can give this plugin a try. We believe this plugin is competent enough to show you some good results.
Another good part of this plugin is the compatibility with other comment spam protection plugins like Akismet, double protection will definitely provide you considerable results.