“Likes” Disabled Temporarily Because of Spam

Recently, I have been bombarded with comment “likes” from sexually related web sites with .ru extensions. Because I can’t find a way to block this type of “like,” I am going to temporarily turn off likes on all my new posts. If any of you have had this problem and found a solution, please let me know. While I probably shouldn’t care where a “like” comes from, these must be automated. Each web address is slightly different. I hesitate to include any in this post. And I have been having such a problem with comment spam for the last couple of years (over 50,000 and still arriving) that I can’t deal with more spam at the moment. So, if you like my posts for the foreseeable future, just send me a mental like. Thanks, Marie

 

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As of today, they are still coming through, Marie. Where they leave a comment, they are ending up in my WordPress spam folder. There’s nothing you can do to stop them appearing as a ‘like’ against a comment on your blog other than by disabling ‘likes’ on comments altogether. WordPress is aware of the problem, but from what I am reading they are just hoping that Akismet will catch all of them. To my horror, I’ve seen some bloggers allow comments including the spam link to appear on their blog posts. I’ve also read of one case where somebody who clicked on the link, then had their computer infected with a virus. So, my advice to anyone who sees these comments and links is to totally ignore them and not click on them.

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Spam now seems to be catching most of mine. The rest I have sent to spam. I agree about not clicking on them. WP hasn’t been great about dealing with spam, other than , as you said, hoping Akismet will catch them. If only their “happiness engineers” all gave consistent guidance on the subject. 🙂 Happy Monday.

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Me too. I guess they found a way to stop it. Hard to do because the source was not form any WP site. they, and I, reported the problem to Gravatar. I was ab le to link to their gravatars and report it as porn. That helps. Glad you turned your likes back on. I had a similar problem with other social media sites until I learned how to block it.

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Oh no, the sexy Russians are back. This time making actual comments on comments. Though their comments are just punctuation marks and not words. Sigh.

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I noticed that most are now being caught by the spam filter. WP is working on it. It apparently happened to lots of blogs. Have a great week.

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Hello Marie, I do not know about likes, but you can control who can comment on your posts. There is an option under settings-> writing where you can contro who can comment. You can set it to requires a login and/or email id. Apart from this, you can add those explicit sites under block list.

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Hi. The problem is that the likes are being attached to comments I have made so I can’t find a way to block them like I can with spam comments. I’ve had several urls on the block list for a long time. I don’t see those comments in my notifications but they still show up in my trash folder. WordPress won’t take action to prohibit actions from those urls, even though I have been over this will them on several occasions. So I steady have about 2500 comments in my trash folder that go aways after two weeks now. At one point I had over 20000 at one time. All about car insurance all over the US. I don’t know how many places I can own a car. One is hard enough. :). Sigh.

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