[wp-trac] [WordPress Trac] #8968: Spam comments should produce 'awaiting moderation' feedback

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Sun Sep 1 03:21:53 UTC 2013

#8968: Spam comments should produce 'awaiting moderation' feedback
 Reporter:  tellyworth               |       Owner:
     Type:  feature request          |      Status:  reopened
 Priority:  low                      |   Milestone:  3.7
Component:  Comments                 |     Version:  2.7
 Severity:  minor                    |  Resolution:
 Keywords:  has-patch needs-refresh  |

Comment (by mark-k):

 -1 to the patch as it lies to the user and there is nothing worse then
 that. Imagine someone sends me an important information in a comment and
 get the message "your comment in moderation" while it went to spam. What
 will I tell him later when he will ask me why havn't I acted on it? Maybe
 if he had known it went to spam he would have called me or tried to
 contact me is some other way but since the message says that the comment
 will be read by a human,why should he do that?

 real life example, I could never comment on "make core", none of the
 comments were published and I didn't get any indication why. At the end I
 figured it was something to do with spam, but what would I have thought if
 I always got a "waiting for moderation" message but the comments are never
 published? that it is not a technical problem, I am just not welcome
 Don't forget some site are without moderation at all.

 I also highly doubt that this will stop any manual spam, my experience is
 that akismet can't identify manual spam, (I would assume spammers first
 check the message on their own WP install) therefor this will not help in
 any way the fight against spam.

 This ticket is open for 5 years, if this was an effective measure against
 spam surely one of the antispam plugins would have adopted it by now, but
 AFAIK none do it.

Ticket URL: <http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/8968#comment:24>
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