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  1. I have a ton of "ham" most of it is from people trying hard to vote in an event I am running...
    This is troublesome for them and myself.
    A) Am I able to see this so called ham? If so how?
    B) Is there a way for me to post it this "ham" as it should have been from the start?
    Thanks in advance for the answers.

    I'd also like to add a random rant, if the powers that be KNOW it is "ham" thus more than likely legit why on earth would you place it there? This makes absolutely zero sense to me. >.>

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

  2. 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. It's removed as it would bring down many blogs if opened. Spam comes in waves. There are human beings who get paid to post spam. There are robotic programs that post spam. Spam containing malware and viruses is never sent to us.

    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/

    Aksimet is a learning engine. 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.

    On the spam that Akismet catches on 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 30 days from the time they were received, and then it will delete the comment automatically.

    If you approve any comments Akismet has sequestered as spam it will learn that over time.

    You can use the Bulk Edit function (check boxes on each comment) to delete less than all the spam comments or to Un-spam more than one comment at a time. Check the box at the comment then choose the proper bulk edit command.

    Akismet is very accurate so trust Akismet. Set up comment moderation, if you have not already done so, because allowing anonymous commenting on your blog is like putting out the welcome mat for spammers.

    This page > Settings > Discussion is where you set up defaults for comments. http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/

    Comment moderation http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/#comment-moderation

    Discussion Settings
    Other comment settings
    _Comment author must fill out name and e-mail
    _Users must be registered and logged in to comment

  3. No,
    I know what Spam is, and why it is blocked.

    The problem is this stinking Ham folder. See, this is why they need to do away with it. Ham, unlike spam I can not view and approve, and my friends and family are getting Hammed, not Spammed. If they were getting spammed I'd just approve and move on. Ham I can't view, approve or "force" the system to learn.
    So, again I ask how can I fix the problem with HAM? I am hoping there is a fix of some type.
    Thank you for the reply, but I think perhaps I was not clear enough the first time around.

  4. Hi there,

    A) Am I able to see this so called ham? If so how?

    Yes, "ham" is just the name we use for comments that are not spam, or good comments.

    There is no separate queue for these, they are the approved or pending comments you see if you go to the Comments tab in your dashboard

    B) Is there a way for me to post it this "ham" as it should have been from the start? Thanks in advance for the answers.

    If you have been moderating and approving comments to this point, you have been handling "ham" this whole time.

    Hope that helps. Please let me know if you have any further questions.

  5. Jerry,

    If I go to the Akismet stats section I see the following tabs Spam, Ham, Missed Spam, False Positive, Yummy pie.
    If I click the spam folder or tab there is nothing there so it was auto deleted 17 in total. Now if I click on the Ham folder or tab there it says there were 10 ham comments detected, but I can't see them or approve/disapprove them. It is just an empty folder mocking with a number and giving me the virtual finger. I know at least three of these are from family, two are from friends and I've no idea what the others were.

    Any ideas as to how to avoid this in the future because I do a lot of interactive things with my Author's Blog. Such as the Sneak Peek Saturday event which generated these hams, spams and headaches. Of the 12 people who said they left a critique and vote only four got posted the rest went to either spam or ham folders, none of which I could view at all. Most of these people eventually reposted their comments on my Authors pg on FB, but yeah... I mean how annoying for everyone.

    Thanks,
    ~PJ~

  6. Now if I click on the Ham folder or tab there it says there were 10 ham comments detected, but I can't see them or approve/disapprove them. It is just an empty folder mocking with a number and giving me the virtual finger. I know at least three of these are from family, two are from friends and I've no idea what the others were

    When you click on a stat in Akismet (like the "Ham" tab) you are shown a stat, but it is only a stats page, and not a separate queue where you moderate or perform other actions on those comments. As I said, "ham" is the name for comments that are good, and appear in the queue in the comments section of your dashboard as approved (or pending) comments

    In looking at your Akismet stats, I show a total of 10 ham comments (or good comments) for the month of February so far. That number sounds about right, as it is the sum of:

    • 5- The number of comments you have Approved so far (the one you made is not counted in Akismet stats)
    • 1 - Comment in the Trash that has not removed permanently yet
    • 4 - Comments you have deleted already and removed from your trash permanently. These are not visible in the dashboard anymore, but I see them in the activity log for your site

    So, despite the confusion around the word "ham" here, there are no missing comments to recover; everything is accounted for.

  7. Ok thanks Jerry. :)

    I'm still missing comments from family and friends, but for now I'll chalk it up to the sucking void of the nether regions of the net.

    Have a gr8 one.
    ~P.J.~

  8. No problem. Not sure about the missing comments, but if they were in the system, I would definitely see them on my end.

    Best of luck!

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