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Why a sudden increase in spam?

  1. richardmitnick
    Member

    I have experienced a sudden increase in spam caught in the spam filter. Anyone else experiencing this or know any reason for a sudden increase. Double digits all the time.

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

  2. thistimethisspace
    Member

    Yes, but so what? 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. If you approved a single spam comment on a post then the spammers will target your post and hammer it over and over again.

    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.

    Note: 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.

    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/

  3. richardmitnick
    Member

    Thanks for the quick response. My comment was not because I am new to getting this stuff. But recently the rate of spamming has increased so much that I thought there might be something specific.

  4. thistimethisspace
    Member

    It's a long weekend and this wave may be larger because it coincides with the month end when waves are noticed.

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