How Can I Can the Spam?
May 27, 2020 8:12 AM   Subscribe

On my blogs, I keep getting spam comments, often from the same few accounts, and it's maddening to have to delete their garbage several times a day. Is there a way to permanently block specific commenters on Blogger/Blogspot?
posted by orange swan to Computers & Internet (4 answers total)
Have you tried adding the plug-in Akismet Anti-Spam. I use and it seems to block virtually all spam.
posted by TheRaven at 11:47 AM on May 27 [1 favorite]

There are a number of helpful anti-spam plugins, and I second the Akismet plugin mentioned above.

There are also several tips that one can use to help reduce comment blog spam, and this article should prove helpful in your case:
posted by Jade Dragon at 8:18 PM on May 27

Seconding (well, thirding) Akismet. My experience was that spam draws spam, and that preventing the spammy comments going up in the first place led to way less spam being submitted in the first place.

Using Akismet is still a partially manual process, in that you'll still have to review and classify a handful of comments as spam or non-spam. But it's way less work than without it, and your readers won't have to wade through a bunch of garbage in the meantime.
posted by sourcequench at 4:32 AM on May 28

I like Akismet too but the OP is asking about Blogger/Blogspot, not WordPress. Unless I’ve misunderstood (it’s been a while) there aren’t plugins for Blogger.

Do you have the “Reader comment captcha” turned on? I see it as an option in the newer Blogger admin interface.
posted by fabius at 4:58 AM on May 28

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