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  1. mitaroygoahotel
    Member

    Hi

    Since the past few days I have been getting an extreme amount of spam from the contact form on the following blog post:http://mitaroygoahotel.com/2012/02/13/top-10-things-to-do-honeymoon-in-goa/

    Today I got over 100 spam messages through the same contact form.

    Can someone please help me urgently ???

    Thanks!

    Mihir

    The blog I need help with is mitaroygoahotel.com.

  2. Are you asking about your actual contact form? Or do you mean you are getting lots of spam comments on that post?

    Here is info about the contact form and feedback management:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact-form/#feedback-management

    If you are getting spam comments on that post, be sure to mark them as spam. Don't just delete them. By marking them as "spam" Akismet will learn that they are spam and will filter them out before you must deal with them.

  3. mitaroygoahotel
    Member

    Hi 1tess

    I have been receiving a steady stream of spam from the contact form on that post.

    I keep marking them as spam but its getting worse and worse. First day 5 spam, the next day 20 spam and this morning over 80 spam via the contact form on this post.

    All my other contact forms are working fine.

    Do you have any idea why the spam filter is not working on the contact form for this one post ?

    Please help.

    Thanks.

  4. ~~Tess
    Good day :)

    @mitaroyhotelgoa
    Hi there,
    Please report this directly to Akismet Staff http://akismet.com/contact/

  5. mitaroygoahotel
    Member

    Thanks timethief

    I also got in touch with the WordPress team but they dont seem to have a solution either.

    Any idea why only one contact form of mine would give me spam and not the others ?

    Thanks!

    P.S. Nice Profile Pic!

  6. The "wordpress team" includes Akismet Staff as they all work for Automattic. Please use the Akismet contact link and they will respond by email. If you have already notified Akismet Staff then there is no need to post here.

  7. mitaroygoahotel
    Member

    Thank you for your response timethief.

    Unfortunately, there is a "need" to post here as I am still getting loads of spam and till now the "wordpress team" doesnt seem to have a solution.

    Does anybody else have any idea why I am only getting spam from this one contact form and not others?

    Thank you for your help in advance.

  8. The only Staff who can provide a solution are Akismet Staff. This is the weekend and posting here will not make any difference as to when they are able to get back to you. Know spam is merely an annoyance and get on with your blogging knowing Akismet Staff will address your issues as soon as they can.

  9. Please realize that we are all volunteers here: your fellow bloggers who have no access to things behind the scenes. You could try removing the comments and contacts from the post for a day or two? Maybe that would discourage the spammers, though I'd doubt that.

    I would hesitate to explore the minds and motivations of spammers. But perhaps there is a keyword they are latching on to in that post: which one or ones, we cannot say.

    I get spams in waves and when they come and why they stop, there doesn't seem to be a pattern.

    Best to follow timethief's suggestion and be patient.

  10. mitaroygoahotel
    Member

    Thank you for your response timethief.

    I realise that it is the weekend.

    That is why I was hoping someone else (not staff) could help me with this problem.

    Spam is an annoyance if it is one or 2 messages, not when it is 70!!!

    Plus this blog is my business so I cant simply get on with my blogging as if it didnt matter.

  11. mitaroygoahotel
    Member

    Thank you for your response 1tess.

    Unfortunately, I get a lot of valuable business from the contact form so I cant turn it off or delete it for the time being.

    Have you ever received spam through one of your contact forms? Did you do anything or did you just wait it out ?

    Unfortunately, in my line of business, we dont have weekends and my work goes on 24/7.

  12. That is why I was hoping someone else (not staff) could help me with this problem.

    No one other that Akismet Staff can help you.

    70 spam contacts are IMHO are diddly squat. I remove hundreds of spam comments each and every day more than once daily and that's just on one blog.

    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.
    http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2012/05/20/mark-spam-as-spam/
    http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2013/01/24/mark-only-spam-as-spam/

    Note: 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.

    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/

    We report contact form spam issues directly to Akismet Staff http://akismet.com/contact/

  13. Oh yes, I have received spam and troll contacts. I never answer them, mark them in feedback and eventually Akismet learns. The trolls are especially disturbing, but if one is online one is going to attract both wanted and unwanted attention.

    I sympathize with your problem but cannot offer any better solutions.

  14. mitaroygoahotel
    Member

    70 spam comments on my blog wouldn't be a problem at all.

    But this is contact form spam that is clogging up my inbox as well. Making it impossible for me to work.

    Unfortunately, I cant delete or block the messages from the contact form since I also get valid business messages from the contact form.

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