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Spam storm - is anyone else seeing this?

  1. This morning I deleted six spam comments in one go. I'd noticed an uptick in the number of spam comments lately, usually only one or two a day, but this is getting to be too much. Is Askimet on vacation?

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

  2. danielisreading
    Member

    Six a day isn't all that much, the more popular your blog gets, the more content you create, the more spam it's going to attract. As long as you are talking about spam coming through to your spam section of comments, it's normal, I got 8 today, and I think compared to some, that's nothing (specially those talking about celebrities and news topics which attract more spam). If you are talking about spam getting through into your moderation queue, then it might be a concern, but all you can do is mark them as spam and let Aksimet learn.

    You can let spam just sit there, after 15 days it will automatically be deleted from your spam list.

  3. I am having this problem, too. It used to be very occasional that I'd have a spam comment in my email box. In the last two or three weeks, several come through every day, and I have to moderate them into spam. I checked, and whereas I used to have a couple of missed spam a month, total, in this month alone I've had 63. It can't be accounted for by an increase in readership because my blog has been pretty quiet. Is there any way to update or add the anti-spam plugins?

    My blog is aftergadget.wordpress.com

  4. @lettershoemtoyou
    Spam comes in waves and we see tend to experience these waves at the end of weeks and the end of months. Spammers are always looking for new ways to get their links on our blogs. Currently they have hired humans to tell us idiotic things like they could not find out blogs by using their keys words, that we ought to blog more often, the our RSS feeds aren't working, etc. Experienced bloggers like you note when spammer are paid to feed our own words in our posts and comments back to us, but beginner bloggers are so desirous of comments that they don't spot that kind of spam or trackback or pingback spam either.

    @aftergadget
    There is no FTP access and we cannot install plugins. Be ware that the Akismet Staff are on this and are continually updating Akismet's knowledge base.

    Anyone can subscribe to the RSS feed on any public blog. Be aware that there are human beings who get paid to post spam as well as robotic programs that post spam. There's nothing unusual about what you are getting. We all get it.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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. @timethief

    Thank you very much for your reply.

    OK, I will keep marking it as spam and wait for Akismet to catch up.

    I know that Akismet is terrific. A few years ago I tried a self-hosted blog, and it got so clogged with spam before I could install Akismet that the server kept going down.

    I guess that's why I've been so surprised about the amount coming through now and wondered if there was something else I could/should be doing to prevent it. It's a relief in a way to be told that this isn't a problem I've caused and that it will get better in time again.

  6. Oh piffle! I made the classic error of not locating your blog before responding. I just clicked your WordPress.COM username and discovered it's not linked to a free hosted WordPress.com blog. We do not provide support for that site on these WordPress.com support forums. If you don't have a username account at WordPress.org click http://wordpress.org/support/ and register one on the top right hand corner of the page that opens, so you can post to the support forums there and receive advice from WordPress.org bloggers. If you want to contact Askimet support then here's the link http://akismet.com/support/

  7. @timethief

    I'm not sure if you're responding to me or the other poster, but if it's me, I'm confused. I do have both a self-hosted (.org) site and a free (.com) site.

    The site I'm posting about here is the free one -- http://aftergadget.wordpress.com. That is the one that is getting all the spam.

    The self-hosted site (sharonwachsler.com) is not getting any spam, and I know how to update plugins for that.

    I thought this was the forum for the free wordpress, because I got here via my free blog.

  8. @aftergadget
    Yes this is the correct support forum for http://aftergadget.wordpress.com/ but that's not the blog linked to your username. lol :D

  9. Clearly Akismet is letting through spam it previously would have stopped. These comments are neither plausible nor original, and the URLs and usernames are clearly spam. Why Akismet is having this issue, who knows? But it is not just an increase in spam: it's a failure of Akismet.

  10. elevatorfactoids
    Member

    Let me add my concern.

    I'm seeing the normal excellent catching of most spam by Akismet, but a distressing number of spam comments are getting through the filter and going live for at least a few moments each day. It's been hapening for more than a couple of weeks.

    It feels like the filter has not been upgraded sufficiently to cope with this new storm.

  11. @elvatorfactoids
    It sounds like you need to change your comment moderation and that you allow all comments through without your approval.

    It is a much better idea to set it to approve all comments before they are made public, or at least set it so that each commenter has to have one comment approved before others for them will be approved automatically.

  12. To filter out spam the best is to have comment moderation set so that previously approved commenters get through, newcomers not.

    The spam notifications that were cramming my email in-box have subsided for now. Thanks for the responses, and we'll keep an eye on it!

  13. Hi there,
    Yes it appears this storm is over and who knows when the next one will manifest?

  14. I sure would like to know where the mill is that produces it all. Are they all in one place, or spread out across the globe writing that drivel all day? Imagine that being your job - to write nonsense comments hoping people will be duped into publishing them.

  15. There isn't a single one; there are many. You and I wouldn't be spammer for all the $ in the world. However, for a few cents others will gladly do it. They will feed excerpts our comments and posts back to us in the fake comments, they will bullshit us about not having the correct SEO and about our RSS Feeds not working when they do and there are beginner blogger who are so desperate for comments that thy post spam. The bottom line is if there were no money in spamming then it would stop.

  16. I guess it's the modern equivalent of factory piecework. Make a comment, earn a few pennies. Gawd.

  17. It's truly sad.

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