Understanding the Discussion Settings in WordPress – Part II


We will be discussing the Comment Moderation and Comment Blacklist within the Discussion settings. We will first describe each option and then show you how to use the option for your WordPress Site.

Comment Moderation

Hold a comment in the queue if it contains XX or more links – a common characteristic of comment spam is a large number of hyperlinks. This allows you to help keep comment spam out of your posts.

When a comment contains any of these words in its content, name, URL, e-mail, or IP, it will be held in the moderation queue. One word or IP per line. It will match inside words, so “press” will match “WordPress”.

This option allows you to create a list of words that can immediately send a comment into the moderation queue.

You can use this option to flag hot topics that would flag a comment and then place comment in the moderation queue like this:

Log in to the WordPress Administrator
Click on Settings
Click on Discussion
Scroll down to Comment Moderation, then click on the field and type in the word or phrase that would flag the comment. Each entry must be on a single line.
Click on Save Changes a the bottom of the page

Comment Blacklist

When a comment contains any of these words in its content, name, URL, e-mail, or IP, it will be marked as spam. One word or IP per line. It will match inside words, so “press” will match “WordPress”.

This option allows you to set a list of words that will mark a message as spam if any of the words match. When you use this option, the list is used to filter user comments. Any comments that have words that match with the list will automatically be placed in the Spam folder. They are not deleted until Administrator marks them for deletion in the Administrator dashboard. If the comment is also marked for moderation, then the comment will be placed in the moderation list – not in the Spam folder.

How to add to the Comment Blacklist:

Log in to the WordPress Administrator
Click on Settings
Click on Discussion
Scroll down to Comment Blacklist, then click on the field and type in the word or phrase that would flag the comment as spam. Each entry must be on a single line.
Click on Save Changes at the bottom of the page

If you allow comments within your WordPress site, is it highly recommended that you use the Comment Blacklist so that you can remove comment spam from your site.

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