PIE, Combating Comment Spam
Publish.Illinois.Edu is a WordPress blogging and microsite platform. WordPress (and other blogs) are notorious for having to deal with comment spam. Here are a few suggestions to help you out with PIE and comment spam.
An article from WordPress – “Combating Comment Spam”
Akismet is a comment spam filter from the same people who develop WordPress. After activating it from your Dashboard (“Plugins”, find Akismet, then click “Activate”) you have to perform some additional steps to configure it.
- Navigate to “Settings”, then “Akismet”.
- Click the “Get your API key” button. You will be sent to the Akismet site to get a code for the plugin.
- On the Akismet site, click the “Get an Akismet API key” button.
- You will be asked to log in to a WordPress.com account. This is a different account than your Publish @ Illinois account. If you already have a blog on WordPress.com then you can log in with that account username and password. Otherwise you will have to sign up for a new account. Make sure your password is unique to WordPress.com. It is dangerous to reuse passwords on the internet.
- Once you have created or logged in with your WordPress.com account you will be shown a page with Akismet plans.
- The plan option to choose “Personal”. Under the text “Name your price” click the “Sign Up” button.
- On the payment page, in the right hand column, it asks “What is Akismet worth to you?” If you would like to donate to the Akismet project you can use the slider to chose an amount. Otherwise, move the slider entirely to the left until it reads “$0.00/yr”. This will remove the payment options and only request a first and last name from you. Click the “Continue” button.
- You should now have an Akismet API key! Copy the key and paste it into the box on step (2) labeled “Manually enter an API key”. Click the “Use this key” button.
- If everything went correctly you should be presented with a page that says “Your Akismet account has been successfully set up and activated.”
Disqus is an alternate comment system that processes and stores comments on 3rd party servers. It is used on many popular websites across the internet and offers advanced features not available in WordPress. After activating it from your Dashboard (“Plugins”, find Disqus, then click “Activate”) you have to perform some additional steps to configure it.
- Navigate to “Comments”, then “Disqus”.
- If you have an existing Disqus account you’d like to use you can skip to step (4). Otherwise, click on “don’t have a Disqus Profile yet?” to create one.
- You will be asked to create a Disqus account. This is a different account than your Publish @ Illinois account. You can either create an account in the Disqus system, or if you like you can log in to Disqus with your Facebook, Twitter, or Google account.
- Create a Disqus account: when you create your Disqus account make sure your password is unique to Disqus. It is dangerous to reuse passwords on the internet. You will additionally need to verify your email address; pay attention to your inbox.
- Log in with Facebook, Twitter, Google: after logging into Disqus it will ask you to set a Disqus specific password. Make sure your password is unique to Disqus. It is dangerous to reuse passwords on the internet.
- After you have logged into Disqus, click the gear icon in the upper right corner and choose “Add Disqus to Site”.
- Enter your Publish @ Illinois site name, choose a unique name for it at Disqus (perhaps something like “pie-YOUR_SITE_NAME”), and choose a category for it. Click the “Finish registration” button.
- In the Disqus dashboard for websites, select for your platform “WordPress”.
- Back at your Publish @ Illinois Dashboard for Disqus (from step (1)), enter your Disqus account’s email address and password.
- Your should see a list of Disqus sites you’ve setup, including the one from step (5). Select it and click the “Next” button.
- Disqus should now be configured for your site!
Some Other Helpful Plugins:
Delete Pending Comments – This plugin is a fast way to delete ALL pending comments. Be sure you wish to delete them all before proceeding. This plugin is great for when there is a large amount of spam in your comments that you don’t want to manually clean up.
Delete All Comments – If your site is overwhelmed with spam comments and you would like to start fresh, the Publish @ Illinois administrators can delete all the comments on your site (pending and approved). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like all your comments removed.