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Spam is off the rails

  1. margaretrosestringer
    Member

    I would beg someone who can explain it all to me to take a look at my blog-site and read the very recent post called "Lots of help: only one answer". Therein you will find the fourth and last screen-grab within that post to bear out the title of this cry for help.
    It's as if there's some kind of vendetta against me in terms of spammers: I can't possibly provide a percentage for the way in which spam has increased on my site in this current month.
    I cannot work out how Akismet works. It is proudly telling me that it has missed nothing, when it has missed AT LEAST TEN in the last week.
    I have sent email to this effect; perhaps someone there will answer ...
    Why do I have to keep emptying my dashboard "At a glance" of this garbage ? - why doesn't Akismet do it for me ?
    I really am totally lost. If this doesn't stop, I may have to: the stress of it all is really weakening my fondness for it all.

    The blog I need help with is margaretrosestringer.com.

  2. This might be an obvious question, but are you just deleting the spam messages or are you sending them to spam so akismet can learn their evil ways..... ;)

  3. familyfaithcompanion
    Member

    I have the same question. So I shouldn't delete the spam comments? (I've been constantly emptying the spam!)

  4. margaretrosestringer
    Member

    @metan1
    I've emailed them a screengrab of a couple they missed.
    But that's not my issue: what I'm trying to understand is why the spam count has shot up exponentially (and I mean that) this month.

  5. Most successful long time blogs get hundreds of spam comments and even thousands that are caught by Akismet every day. Spamming is big money business. I've blogged for over 8 years now and I know spam is not going to go away ever.

    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.

    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.

    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

    I reduce spam by using this setting:

    3. Automatically close comments on articles older than __ days – This setting can be used to have comments closed on articles that are X days old. As an example, if you only want articles to accept comments for 30 days you would check the box and type 30 into the text field. http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/#other-comment-settings

  6. familyfaithcompanion
    Member

    Thanks time thief.

  7. margaretrosestringer
    Member

    Good on you, Titi - always around with a weather eye out.
    I'm availing myself (now) of those Support pages.
    Have come to the conclusion that if I could just pull my finger out and FIND THE RELEVANT SUPPORT PAGE, most of my suffering would never occur.
    :-(

  8. @familyfaithcompanion
    You're welcome. :)

  9. @margaretrosestringer
    Look at this page please http://en.forums.wordpress.com/tags/
    Now look what happens to that tag page search URL when you add spam at the end http://en.forums.wordpress.com/tags/spam
    Go for it again and add Akismet to the end of the URL
    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/tags/akismet
    Those are all the support forums threads spanning the last 8 years.

    The support docs are all at http://support.wordpress.com and if you type in comments and click search here's what you get http://en.support.wordpress.com/?s=comments
    Scroll down to Unwanted Comments and Comment Spam

  10. margaretrosestringer
    Member

    Thanks again. Salutary lesson for this old broad ...

  11. I'm always happy to share what I know. You're welcome. :)

  12. Hi - I joined WordPress last July - and, since then, my Spam stats have been at a hundred or less (usually less) per month. Suddenly, in the latter part of April, the Spam count has rocketed up to well over six hundred. I am very confused because some of the comments I read SEEM like genuine ones (but have one thing in common: broken, disjointed and often unintelligible English). My policy has been to delete the lot - but I am now really worried that I might be condemning another blogger's real attempt at communicating with me to the Akismet file.
    Two questions: why has the volume of Spam suddenly increased? And, how can I tell whether what I am receiving is a proper comment or not?
    Alienora

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