Thousands of spam comments appearing in my WordPress sites despite having Akismet

1785 comment spams is too many for me to page through and delete, how can i get rid of them? (Akismet is a spam filter)

  • I found a button [Check Spam] which cleared around half of them…
  • Aha – google has found me which says:,go to /wp-admin/, and open edit-comments.php with any text editor …Line 185 should look like this:
    $comments_per_page = apply_filters('comments_per_page', 20, $comment_status);The number 20 defines the filter on the page. Replace it with the number of comments u’d like to display, and upload ur new file over the old one.
  • Hm, a bit scary editing the WP files, is there a plugin?
  • NO, that doesn’t work any more….
  • click the ‘screen options’ tab near the top right of the dashboard – comments pagethen set the ‘show on screen’ number of comments
  • wordpress-comment-spam-four

LibDem Glasgow Conference 2014

libdems201410_one_member_one_voteI’m just back home after a few days in Glasgow at the Liberal Democrats conference, where we voted to liberalise the sex and drugs laws for a safer fairer Britain, to raise some taxes and lower others, and lots of other ideas. What we voted should go in the LibDem manifesto for the 2015 May election for MPs to Westminster (and local councillors). Very interesting. They’ve published lots of the speeches and debates online at

I don’t believe that the Conservative or Labour  Parties would allow their members to say such things at their conference and publish it on the internet.

I didn’t say anything on camera at the main conference, but asked a few questions at some of the fringes.

The main thing I learned is that many people are getting very scared of what Climate Change will do to millions of people on this planet, our long term future, after you and I are dead, ‘our‘ meaning us, humanity.

Roof oak wallplate cracks

hfc-roof-wallplate-cracks20140714How shall I cover these cracks in the oak wallplate before putting the slates back? Any accidental water would sit on the oak, creep down the cracks in it and by the brick chimney and rot it. The cement render on the wall originally came to above the top of the oak, there was a line of bricks along there – but the lime mortar had changed to powder so there was no protection against damp – which would have stayed in there and had no air to dry it out. Maybe I should put a roof batten on top of the oak and then a plastic vent?  And fill the gaps with wood glue? Or paint the top of the oak? and what about the gap between the oak and the chimney brick – silicon mastic? Suggestions please….

Unconscious motivation

I’ve been reading the wiki at , and as I come to  understand it I’m correcting little grammar mistakes of tense, and trying to make things a little clearer. This is a fantastic way to study something new.

On many levels.

It says:

“The Esteem Needs- Esteem needs are the last of the basic needs and are divided into two types of needs. The first is based on our need to see ourselves as competent, achieving individuals. The second is the need for esteem based on the evaluation of others. This is the need for respect and admiration from other people around us (Maslow, 1968).
The Need for Self-Actualisation – The highest level of needs is for self-actualisation. Maslow believes once an individual’s basic motivation needs are met then they start to focus on what they want from life. He suggests the needs of self-actualisers are qualitatively different; he describes them as metaneeds (Maslow, 1968). Metaneeds are, being concerned with higher aesthetic and moral values such as beauty, truth, justice, and ethics. Maslow also states, that not many individuals will achieve self-actualisation but many will strive to do so (Maslow, 1968).

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