[wp-trac] [WordPress Trac] #47926: Disable website field in comment section

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Sun Sep 6 04:06:58 UTC 2020

#47926: Disable website field in comment section
 Reporter:  longman2020      |       Owner:  (none)
     Type:  feature request  |      Status:  new
 Priority:  normal           |   Milestone:  Awaiting Review
Component:  Comments         |     Version:
 Severity:  normal           |  Resolution:
 Keywords:                   |     Focuses:

Comment (by aimutch):

 It's not just that receiving spam comments is "disappointing and
 annoying". It's that the links in these comments lead back to sites
 serving up malware or spammy content to unsuspecting site visitors/owners.
 It's easy to find unprotected WordPress sites where the comments on every
 article are nothing but these spam comments.

 Also, this spam creates a tremendous amount of unnecessary overhead on the
 sites. I help manage a handful of WordPress sites and even these sites
 with a fairly low level of traffic are bombarded by spam comments. One
 site I just checked averaged 1000 spam comments a month. Without fail,
 every comment flagged by Akismet has the website field completed. Once I
 blocked this field, the spam comments dropped almost immediately to zero.

 Whatever benefit came from this in the past is now outweighed by the
 massive amount of malware and spam being propagated thanks to WordPress
 sites. As I said before, someone on the WP side should do an analysis of
 this. It should be quickly obvious that keeping this field in place is
 doing far more harm than good.

Ticket URL: <https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/47926#comment:15>
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