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. Public commenting is disabled on Publish websites until spam protection is enabled. Here are instructions for enabling spam protections and a few other suggestions to help you out with PIE and comment spam.
An article from WordPress – “
Combating Comment Spam
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 “Activate Akismet” 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 “Get Personal” 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. After filling out the name, site URL, and verification fields click
the “Continue” button.
- It will tell you that you are adding a site. Click the "Activate this site" link.
You should now have an Akismet API key! Akismet can add it to your WordPress site automatically, just click "Save changes" if it does. If automatically adding it fails, copy the API 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 “ Akismet is now protecting your site from spam.”
Once you have completed these steps, the interface option to allow public commenting will be enabled. To enable public comments, visit your Dashboard, then choose Settings->Discussion and uncheck the box next to "Users must be registered and logged in to comment (Signup has been disabled. Only members of this site can comment.)"
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
if you would like all your comments removed.