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Comments - additions and spam protection

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14 March 2007 at 1:51pm Community Member, 3 Posts

*Spam Protection - Human Verification*
Have you thought about or do you have any spam protection on comments?

I've noticed one of our posts got over 600 spam comments, and a post on the new site has just got its first spam.

Requiring one of those human verification codes when you post would be great.

* Other*
* Add a link: So that the commentor name points back to the website in the link field, geat for google and linking together the blogosphere conversations
* Add new comment: This should go below the existing discussion to encourage people to read the discussion first then make their coment




14 March 2007 at 4:23pm Administrator, 685 Posts

There is some code to link into Kismet, but I think an account needs to be set up on a site by site basis.

Whoever it was who made this feature, can they post some instructions?


14 March 2007 at 4:36pm 230 Posts

You can set up spam filtering for comments using Akismet. See:


15 March 2007 at 9:33pm Forum Moderator, 628 Posts

You can see akismet in action at

Decisive Flow

16 March 2007 at 8:56am Community Member, 73 Posts

Thanks for the link. If it wold be possible, could you make the documentation a little more detailed. I have no idea where in the config file to put the code, or where the config file is ( I assume it is the one under CMS)?

I have put my code in as follows (obviously substituting 'key' for our key):




it doesn't seem to do anything when I add ?showspam=1 to either the end of the blog url or our main site url. Now I'm confused... Is there another step?

Decisive Flow

27 March 2007 at 5:19pm Community Member, 73 Posts

This is quite urgent as we have 900 or so spam comments and it's spiraling out of control. It looks like a simple fix, it just doesn't seem to do anything!


27 March 2007 at 6:30pm (Last edited: 27 March 2007 9:33pm), Core Development Team, 201 Posts

Hi Natalie

There are no 'quick fixes' for this. Even with the Akismet spam protection on our site, we are getting a good 20 - 30 spams a day which I delete several times a day.

We are going to need to introduce some sort of 'human verification' steps to prevent this.

In the mean time, I'd suggest you simply disable page comments (I've done this on a number of our heavily spammed pages)


27 March 2007 at 7:36pm 230 Posts

The config file mentioned is the _config.php in your project specific folder. Sorry for any ambiguity.

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