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worried Spam may be filtering too much

  1. can i disable askimet? The nature of my blog will attract people who will likely try to post links to their sites as well, so if Askimet is filtering things too much, i may miss out on networking opportunities. can it be disabled?

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

  2. No you cannot disable Akismet and only the foolish or those who are very new to blogging would want to do so. This why I say that.

    1. The vast and overwhelming majority of all so-called information on the internet is spam.

    2. Our reality is that 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.

    3. Akismet is very accurate. 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.

    Akismet 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.

    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/

    Set up comment moderation if you have not already done so because allowing anonymous commenting 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

  3. worried Spam may be filtering too much

    Please allow me to add that on every occasion any blogger has alleged that Akismet was filtering too much I went to the b,logs in question and discovered the blogger had approved spam comments. The last time I provided this service to a blogger I went to a 3 month old blog and every one of the 76 approved comments were spam.

    Spammers are inventive because there's big money in spamming. Thousands of fools are born every minute and spammers are always trying to find new ways to get their links on our blogs. Both robotic generated and human generated spam come in waves and intervals.

  4. Like others above, Askimet is filtering too much. In the pass several days every single comment has gone directly to the spam folder. To make matters worse, any comments that I've made are being listed as spam also. I go through the process of marking them not spam and then approve for posting, but it does not seem to be learning from that.

    Any suggestions as to what I can do?

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