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My Own Comments Are Considered Spam

  1. Help! Whenever I reply to someone on my blog, my own comments are considered spam.
    WTF?
    Maybe I was kind of rude but....

  2. My money is from where you're coming from. Your ISP is *VERY* pro spam and known for ignoring reports of DDoS attacks and hijacked boxes.

    Don't know about WordPress though. Maybe a link to a comment that you have left that got marked as spam might help.

  3. I had exactly the same thing happen a few days ago. It happened immediately after my blog was wrongly put in the Adult category, so maybe that automatically causes you to be put in thge spam category? Or someone could mistakenly have labelled you Spam: I did that once and it took a few days of approving the person's comments for it to go away.

    Keep approving yourself and it'll clear up. I think it took three days in my case.

  4. @drmike
    chartreuse just moved to Santa Monica and got a new ISP perhaps he chose the wrong one. Is there some kind of listing somewhere anywhere that one could examine and determine the things you refer to?

    Your ISP is *VERY* pro spam and known for ignoring reports of DDoS attacks and hijacked boxes.

  5. This happened to me a few weeks ago but I was never able to figure out why. I just marked my comments as "Not Spam" and it has been fine since. Now I wonder if it was an ISP problem.

  6. I've had my comments to myself show up as spam too. Not sure why, other than sometimes hitting some of the Akismet filters.

  7. Steps to fix:

    1. Mark your comment as "not spam" in the interface
    2. If it is still being caught 24 hours later, use the feedback form to let us know

  8. It happened immediately after my blog was wrongly put in the Adult category, so maybe that automatically causes you to be put in thge spam category?

    I know someone who's blog is adult and her comments go through right away on other WordPress blogs.

  9. eclecticgeek, your ISP has had a long history of being an issue but they've cleaned up their act a great deal within the last few years. Heck, even I'm amazed.

    TT, best bet to do a lookup would be to plug in the domain of your ISP (ie aol.com for example) and the word abuse into Google Groups/DejaNews and see what comes up. There are news groups that monitor where crud is coming from. Usually it's just spam reports but if you get thousands of spam reports, chances are they're allowing other stuff as well.

    Another thing you can do is plug your IP address into http://dnsstuff.com and it's Spam database lookup to see what kind of hits that you get.

    I don't know if Akismet checks this but a missing Reverse DNS would probably be a mark against you as well. A check for that is also found on that page.

    You can find out youir current IP address by looking at the upper right of that page, by the way.

  10. Am having this same problem and so are other people.
    http://nexusnovel.wordpress.com/
    Aren't WordPress.com accounts spoof-proof enough to be whitelisted? That would solve a lot of problems, if doable. If WordPress.com accounts are too easy to spoof, it might be a good idea to start thinking about a new account system.
    In fact, that seems to be the reasoning behind the new account system on Blogger beta. Not to be flip but this situation makes me want to transition my main blog to Blogger beta, at this point...
    http://enkerli.wordpress.com/2006/08/30/papas-got-a-brand-new-blog/

  11. enkerli, you're using one of those prospam ISPs as well. They're known for completely ignoring complaints.

    Maybe you should talk to them about their issues instead of laying it completely on WordPress. Either that or follow Matt's advice up above. :)

  12. eclecticgeek, your ISP has had a long history of being an issue but they've cleaned up their act a great deal within the last few years. Heck, even I'm amazed.

    *chuckle* drmike, I've been around for the long history. Through the many years, I wanted to drop kick them off a cliff many times. Always decided to stick around just a wee bit longer. It's a hard habit to break (everybody sing).

    Back to the spam issue. I had an account over at Blogger. Had to scrape spam off my blog every day (not hating - just an observation). I am happy with Akismet. I had the "my comment is spam" problem for only one day. Once I figured out what was going on, the resolution was easy. I haven't had any problems since. I can live with this and do the jitterbug in the process.

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