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  1. I am using the "Freshy" theme on my blog http://%5Bemail redacted] and would like to know how to remove akismet from it because it has tossed out about 50 hits to my site that it declared as "SPAM" without giving me the opportunity to view them first.

    The blog I need help with is gusisaac.wordpress.com.

  2. When akismet marks a message as spam, it does nothing to the comment except marking it as spam. It does not block a visitor from coming to your site.

    Some messages that may appear to be genuine are in fact spam, disguised to trick you into letting a spammer post a link to your blog.

    That said, you can change all of the options for how comments are approved on your blog. Please check out our support page on comments: http://en.support.wordpress.com/unwanted-comments/

  3. Be that as it may I still get the following comment in my dashboard:

    Akismet has protected your site from 61 spam comments already, but there's nothing in your spam queue at the moment.

    I have never seen any of these to be able to judge for myself if I think they are spam or not.

  4. If you do a forum search you will find Staff saying in more than one thread that the worst spam of all is removed by Akismet. Consequently, we do not see it. So I think it's safe to say that iIf you wish to examine every comment submitted then that's not going to happen here at wordpress.com.

  5. Just out of curiosity, can I see an example of this 'worst spam'? I mean, some of the spam that akismet lets me see is bad, I have no idea how it could get worse.

  6. Staff reply in related forum thread > http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/askimet-and-spam-comments-disappear-and-cant-be-viewed?replies=5#post-407514

    Spam will generally be shown on your Comments / Spam tab for 15 days. There are two exceptions:

    1. Spam on old posts (those you wrote more than a month ago) will normally be discarded instead. That's because old posts sometimes attract very large amounts of spam, but rarely see any real comments - reviewing them all is a waste of time.

    You can disable this feature with the Don’t discard spam on old posts setting. But I wouldn't recommend leaving it that way - it will fill up your Spam tab with even more spam, and make it harder to check it all.

    2. Some of the worst spammers are blocked outright from posting comments on WordPress.com. These will be counted as caught by Akismet, but you won't see them. There's no way to disable this feature - we use it to defend our servers and networks from large scale abuse.

  7. panaghiotisadam
    Member

    Comments blocked from recent posts are held for two weeks before they are deleted. Comments blocked from posts published more than 30 days ago are deleted immediately if you haven't ticked the option "Don’t discard spam on old posts" in Settings>Discussion. So you can activate that option, then periodically check your spam folder.

    Note that Akismet ir rarely wrong: in my tips blog it has blocked around 1,350 comments so far; of all these comments, only three weren't spam.

  8. Note this, quoted from above:

    2. Some of the worst spammers are blocked outright from posting comments on WordPress.com. These will be counted as caught by Akismet, but you won't see them. There's no way to disable this feature - we use it to defend our servers and networks from large scale abuse.

    This is why your spam count is going up. We monitor this closely, and make sure it targets only the big criminal gangs responsible for malware and scam spam. It's not optional because it's a security measure designed to defend WordPress.com.

  9. @tbol13
    Staff have taken time out of their work day to appease members in the past. Here's a recent entry:
    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/cant-akismet-be-removed?replies=8#post-421440

    Frankly, I don't expect Staff will post the links broken or otherwise from the worst kind of spam that's circulating. Click this link http://akismet.com/ and view the Live Spam Zeitgeist for today - 83% of all comments received today thus far are spam.

  10. Meh, okay, thanks.

    You know, I never really was able to figure out how Automattic makes money on Akismet. Sure, blogs that make over $500 a month are asked to buy a small license fee, but the framework is still open source. So rather than simply downloading the plugin for wp.org, they could run a check out on the SVN trunk, and put their own code together. Meh, oh well, I guess that's one of the benefits of sticking to wp.com, not having to deal with that sort of thing.

  11. @tbol3 the client code (plugin) is open source. The magic that runs on the servers at Akismet.com is a closely guarded secret. (It has to be, or the spammers would know how to beat it).

  12. panaghiotisadam
    Member

    But thank you for this magic!

  13. @tellyworth: Ah, okay. I guess I just can't read the dev page. It said the API was what is open and document. Thank you, that clears things up quite a bit.

    Although, for the record, it is my belief that the only way spam will ever pass as real email/messages, is to become synonymous with them, which would cause it to loose it's spam like qualities. With that being said, as @panaghiotisadam said, thank you for the magic, because it works, even better than Google's magic seems to.

  14. Thank you for all the comments and I do appreciate the junk spam being stopped before it gets to me. My concern is that I hardly ever get any hits yet of any kind but I'm told Akismet has stopped over 60 spam on my site. You say they are held for 2 weeks but I can't see them and I'm told the queue is empty. I did have a couple get through that even I would ordinarily consider spam but when I read it I realized it wasn't and was able to save it.

  15. panaghiotisadam
    Member

    "You say they are held for 2 weeks but I can't see them and I'm told the queue is empty."

    But we also said:

    Comments blocked from posts published more than 30 days ago are deleted immediately if you haven't ticked the option "Don’t discard spam on old posts" in Settings>Discussion.

    And you should realize that comments such as those you've got on your homepage ( http://gusisaac.wordpress.com/ ) are spam. Don't the nicks "vinna roulette", "rulet kazino", "trucos ruleta" say anything to you?

  16. How can I run Akismet on my old posts, I have already more than 13000 comments on my old posts and most of them are spam! Any one can help?
    Thanks.

  17. @anasalfar
    This is the forum for those who have free hosted wordpress.com blogs. Our software is different from the self hosted wordpress.org software and we cannot help wordpress.org self hosting bloggers here. The forum for those self hosting free software downloads from wordpress.org is here > http://wordpress.org/support/

  18. However, you will need a wp.com API key, you can find that (on your wordpress.com account), under your user settings control panel.

    (well, okay, you only need an akismet API key, but the easiest and cheapest (aka free) way to get one is via wp.com).

  19. Oh, never mind, I take it back, I guess you can get an akismet key for free without wordpress.com (at least according to http://akismet.com/personal/ ). Sorry about that.

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