Akismet Concern on WordPress.com blog

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  • #88054

    artsweet
    Member

    I used to be able to check and make sure no legit comments were in the Akismet queue.

    Now, although the number of comments akismet says it has deleted keeps going up, I never see any new spam in the Akismet spam queue. It seems to be deleting them automatically before I have a chance to check them(and I’m talking hours, not days or weeks).

    I do sometimes get legitimate comments in the spam folder, so I’d really like to be able to check them before they are deleted!

    #88162

    drmike
    Member

    Please do a search for akismet. It’s been covered in great detail.

    And many folks around here agree with you, especially in light of the occurances of false positives. Staff disagrees though.

    #88531

    drmike
    Member

    Just noticed that I have spam showing in my Akismet queue on posts that are over 30 days old. And a fair amount of it. I wonder if staff has had a change of heart.

    edit: Maybe not. 1 blog is showing spam. The other is not.

    #88540

    brentroos
    Member

    Makes me wonder what the staff is thinking. I can tell you that I’ve been getting somewhat frustrated at how things have been going lately.

    #88541

    boles
    Member

    Didn’t Barry say they were provisioning a whole new Akismet server farm this weekend? We could be getting the extra junque just because of that change/addition to the superpowers.

    #88544

    timethief
    Member

    Akismet made it past the one billion spam mark last night (Saturday, March 24th ) http://akismet.com/stats/
    One look at the graph above gives us a a clear understanding that most of what is received is spam.
    Totals
    Total spam: 1,012,820,872
    Total ham: 53,689,368
    Today (UTC, 3 hours left)
    Spam today: 8,270,465
    Ham today: 176,036

    #88546

    boles
    Member

    You left out the green eggs.

    #88547

    timethief
    Member

    Well, I couldn’t guarantee that they were free range Araucana eggs and I do not eat factory farm products. ;)

    #88549

    raincoaster
    Member

    I wouldn’t eat a Martha Stewart endorsed egg. I refuse to eat any eggs that have expensive interior paints named after them.

    #88550

    engtech
    Member

    Firefox users can use my Akismet Auntie Spam extension to dumpster dive through the spam trash faster.

    http://engtech.wordpress.com/2007/01/10/too-much-spam-akismet-auntie-spam-for-wordpresscom-greasemonkey-script/

    I have a new version of it that I’m testing that further minimizes 100% sure spam like pill keywords.

    #88553

    timethief
    Member

    @rain
    ummm … Araucana’s are a heritage chicken breed from South America (probably from Chile) that lay eggs with green/blue coloured shells. The green/blue shell color is a genetically dominant trait. This means that when the Araucana breed is crossed with another breed of domestic chicken the female offspring will always lay green/blue or tinted eggs. This has been the reason that some crossbreeds have been mistaken for purebred Araucanas. That’s what I was referring to. ;)

    @engtech
    Good on you. I’m glad to hear that the spam filter divers have alternatives and it’s great to hear that you’re covering the “pills”.

    A woman just died out here from being poisoned by drugs she purchased off the internet. These spammers are doing more than annoying us they are marketing dangerous even lethal drugs … caveat emptor.

    #88558

    raincoaster
    Member

    Timethief: Martha Stewart has purebred Araucanas, and she has an entire house painted with colours she blended to match the eggshells, which paint she now retails as the “Araucana Collection”.

    But it is also to be noted that there are many reputable Canadian pharmacies which are retailing drugs to Americans who are unable to get sufficient Tamiflu, etc, from their own country. But those ones don’t spam.

    #88562

    timethief
    Member

    OMG – there’s a Martha connection with the Araucanas that I didn’t even know about.

    #88566

    poppy8sd
    Member

    Okay, I give…from Day One I’ve Searched/Tried to Find: the Place where/how to look in the Akismet file, to see what’s in it/to pull out genuine Comments. I can’t Find the place. Where is it, please?

    ~Engtech: probably a Great tool, if I understood it/didn’t fear it, I’d use it…with my IE 6 (wimp, here…!). How’s the kitten?

    #88567

    judyb12
    Member

    @poppy8sd:
    Dashboard->Comments->Akismet

    #88568

    poppy8sd
    Member

    ~Judyb12: Thank you, for replying, but I must not have asked very well. There isn’t anything there –only the number, of the day, that Akismet has ‘caught.’ I want to ACTUALLY Look Inside the Akismet File OF my blog. –Others post in the Forum: that they LOOKED in their file and found “x number of real comments was there not just spam.”

    So: WHERE can the Actual file, holding spam and Comments merely labeled ‘spam’ be found/seen?
    (–Written better? Still not clear?)

    Put this way: I KNOW a Comment was eaten by Akismet; I want to pull it out before it is
    ‘consumed’ –how/where to look for it?

    #88569

    raincoaster
    Member

    Try again: when I looked six hours ago there was zero spam: now there are 1126 spam there, which indicates that some which had already been placed are in that file; it’s retroactive. Looks like the Akismet file is being opened up one blog at a time. Give it a few hours and check again.

    #88571

    poppy8sd
    Member

    ~Rain: 1,126??? OMG. HOLY Freakn Cow! Do you have time to eat, sleep? If I had to ‘fish’ through 1,000 spam –a day (even in a week), to look for real Comments: I’d shut down the blog…lol. SMALL wonder you tell newbies: ‘you don’t want to Shut Off’ Akismet.

    >”it’s retroactive. Looks like the Akismet file is being opened up one blog at a time”
    Oh. How odd…. So my looking in there (often) and Judyb12’s instructions: the Right place. Okay. I’ll look again, later. Thanks, to both, for reply.

    #88579

    praisingfool
    Member

    So this morning the counter read 42 spam comments caught…now it reads 60. But there’s nothing in the queue. I have, in recent weeks, been able to go into the queue and catch legitimate comments that had been filtered. Now I can’t. Is this something that has changed?

    #88580

    timethief
    Member

    @prainingfool
    I can still go into my Akismet spam filters on all of my blogs and “dumpster dive”. I have never had the problem others are reporting. Perhaps you need to make staff aware of your problem because it doesn’t sound like it’s affecting all of us.

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