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  1. carolynjenkins272
    Member

    i am suddenly getting spam comments on old blog posts. For a year or so Akismet has handled all spam. About a month or two ago, I started getting a few spam comments; now I\\\'m getting dozens a day. I have the paid account, and my account is up-to-date. Any thoughts?

  2. Akismet is regularly cataloguing and reacting to the content that users mark as spam, so it's possible there's a new type of onslaught and Akismet just needs a little time to catch up. If you mark it all as spam, that will help the system adapt and prevent them moving forward. How long has the dozens-a-day been happening?

  3. My wife and I have also noticed a dramatic increase in spam numbers today on our blogs. I must have had 30 or more spams today, thankfully all successfully detected by Akismet.

    All the spams I've had today appear to have email addresses ending in outlook.com so possibly all from the same source.

  4. 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. Spam comes in waves. There are human beings who get paid to post spam. There are robotic programs that post spam. The dozens of spam comments you report is a very small number compared to the hundreds many of us experience.

    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.

    All the spams I've had today appear to have email addresses ending in outlook.com so possibly all from the same source.

    Note that you have complete control comment moderation. http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/#comment-moderation If your blog is public others can, of course, read it. They can submit comments and spammers can submit spam but you can Moderate all comments and choose which ones to approve or not.

    You can use the comments blacklist to send the spam to the spam queue automatically. Enter their email address, their username, and if they included it, their website URL. That will automatically send them to moderation so that their comments do not appear on the blog.

    Do note though that if they are determined, they can use a different email address or username to get around that. Also, do not put their IP address in the blacklist. IP addresses are no longer unique, and you might end up blocking legitimate visitors. Also, all they would have to do is go to a wi-fi hot spot, or connect via a different ISP and they could get around that.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/#comment-blacklist

    One other thing I would suggest is to set your blog so that first time commenters are held in moderation till approved, then from that point forward they will not need approval. Settings > Discussion. The next step beyond that is to set it so that all comments are held in moderation until approved. That way you are in control, and they might just get tired and go elsewhere after a while.

    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/

  5. @carolynjenkins272

    i am suddenly getting spam comments on old blog posts.

    There is a comment moderation setting you can use for putting an end to spam on old posts see here:

    Don’t discard spam on old posts – When this option is not checked, comments that Akismet thinks are spam will automatically be deleted for posts published more than 30 days ago. If you want to see all spam comments go into the Akismet spam queue, check this box. http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/#comment-moderation

  6. I have the paid account, and my account is up-to-date.

    All WordPress.com blogs are free blogs that are hosted free of charge. I too have purchased upgrades for my blogs but I understand that those upgrades are for specific purposes and no upgrades change anything at all stated here: WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org. Briefly stated no upgrades we purchase for our blogs have anything whatsoever to do with Akismet and spam protection. All WordPress.com blogs are equipped with Akismet.

  7. carolynjenkins272
    Member

    I am now getting dozens of spam comments at a time - throughout the day and night. All these comments are slipping through the Akismet filter. Any suggestions?

  8. Examine the posts they're going on. If they're all going to just a couple of posts, it's likely that one of the comments that is approved on that post is spam, and it's drawing more.

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