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Akismet spam filtering no longer as accurate

  1. Hi. I've been on WordPress.com for less than a year now (a year this July 4), and in the last month or so I've receive 2-3 spammers who somehow got through the Akismet net. Have you ended or changed your contract with them, is there a time limit after which they stop serving WordPress.com clients (what a nightmare that would be!), or is it just a coincidence? I originally thought that it was because I had allowed too many spam to pile up in the "manage comments" section before deleting them the first time it happened, but since then I have been careful to go back to my original tendency to monitor it regularly, and I've still gotten another couple of comments, funnily enough one on the same post as one of the other spammers visited. It's a post on "when is borrowing acceptable and when is it unacceptable (and actionable) plagiarism" and for some reason at least two of the spammers found it attractive to try and capture. Maybe they figured it was far enough back for me to forget what or where it was. Can you help, even just with an answer? Thank you.

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

  2. There's no need to over-react to this. The way we prevent spam from being directly displayed on our posts is to set up comment moderation. http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/#comment-moderation

    Anyone can subscribe to the RSS feed on any public blog. There are human beings who get paid to post spam. There are robotic programs that post spam. There's nothing unusual about what you are getting. We all get it.

    The vast and overwhelming majority of all so-called information on the internet is spam. Over 80% of all so-called comments submitted to .wordpress.com blogs every day are spam.

    The worst of all spam containing malware and viruses is not sent to us. It's removed as it could bring down many blogs if opened.

    On the spam that Akismet catches it takes only seconds to click "empty spam" and you don't even have to click "empty spam" if you don't want to. Akismet will maintain comments it has caught for 15 days from the time they were received, and then it will delete the comment automatically.

    If you get spam that slips by Akismet then mark it as spam (do not delete it) and over time Akismet will learn it's spam.

    There is no such thing as eliminating all spam but Akismet works very well. For more information please take the time to read "5 things every blogger should know about spam" on this page Akismet: How it works http://akismet.com/how/

  3. Sorry, I didn't think I was over-reacting, and I thank you for your informative response to this. While I don't mind trying to deal with comment moderation, I don't as a rule receive many comments, and they have been overwhelmingly from people whose blogs I know and/or subscribe to and who subscribe to mine. The main thing I was commenting on, I guess, was the sudden change in percentage of spammers on my site. What has started to come through aren't the obvious spam notices, which anyone can review by looking through their spam folder before the comments are finally deleted, but tricky cases where the spammer lists something that sounds like a personal name or site, and then goes about addressing all and sundry about something that has little or nothing to do with my site. I catch them by this latter tactic, but at least one was very cagey, and I didn't want to think it was a flurry which was going to come my way. I will as you suggest look at the comment moderation instructions, and if they are things I can understand to do (in my muddle-headed not-very-technically-skilled way), then I will certainly do them. Thanks again for all the good advice.

  4. Yes human spammers who are paid to drive us crazy are becoming more inventive but they don't fool me for an instant. Yes there is a spam wave happening now but Akismet is a learning engine and all we need to do is mark spam that slips by it as as spam. In time Akismet will recognize it as such. You're welcome and best wishes with your blog.

  5. The thing to remember is that the spammers are continuously changing tactics and sorry to say, they don't forward those new tactics to the spam filtering people. They are always trying to figure out ways around the spam filters, and then the spam filters change and react to the new tactics. The spammers always get the first move in this game.

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