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What is a blacklist?

As far as this is concerned, the Blacklist is a list of spam sites (porn, etc.) that are automatically blocked when they are added to a comment.

 
How Does Blog Spam Work?

Blog spam works by getting a URL onto as many sites as possible. This increases that site's Google ranking, which must in turn make the spammer some amount of money. Since the whole purpose of the spam is to get a URL onto your blog, banning those URLs is incredibly efficient in both protecting your blog and in denying the spammers.

 
What Should I Do If I Get Spammed?

Don't delete it! That only solves the problem halfway. You should add it to the Blacklist, as outlined next...

 
How Do I Add To The Blacklist?

  1. Firstly, login to the blog system here.
  2. Once that is done, you'll want to go here; that will take you directly to the De-spam feature.
  3. On that page, select the All (i.e. no filter) radio button and hit Search.
  4. On the resulting page, you'll want to check all of the spam that shows up, and uncheck anything that isn't spam. Make sure the "Rebuild the relevant entries after comment deletion" option is checked. Then hit "Delete checked comments."
  5. On the next page, you should see a button, with the text "URLs were found in the deleted comments" to the left of it. Hit that button.
  6. Look through that list if you want, but all you have to do is hit the "Import entries" button.

It's just that easy! :) Really, by doing all that, you are making the blogs of everyone that much more secure.

 
What If I Don't De-Spam My Blog Regularly?

Whenever I check my blog for spam, I check everyone's blogs for spam. If you don't de-spam your blog, I will.

 
What/How/Whatever...?

If you need to know something that isn't covered here, post to the Imperial Lounge on my Forums; there are lots of wonderfully intelligent people that visit that board on a regular basis, and one of them might be able to answer your question faster than I could.

Please do not email me directly about problems you're having. Why? Because I don't have time to answer every single question that comes my way, which is why posting to the Imperial Lounge is your best option for assistance. Any direct emails for blog support will be ignored.