Akismet – Unable to see caught spam messages

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    We seem to have a grey area! There is something shaky going on with my Akismet counter as well; nothing is to be seen in the queue.


    I’m reposting something another member left on a different forum. It seems useful:

    virginiadiaz Member

    January 31st, 2008 at 4:23 am
    Maybe this is a different problem, or I’m an idiot (entirely possible), but I was having this same issue until I noticed that on the dashboard, under “options” and then “discussion” there is a box to check that is labled “Don’t discard spam on old posts”.

    Once I checked that, I could view the spam comments and delete them as needed.



    some responses…



    i had the same problem with most of here




    Thanks for that tip. I’ll give it a try. Don’t know why it was not ticked to begin with. Hmm..



    under “options” and then “discussion” there is a box to check that is labled “Don’t discard spam on old posts”. <— did this. still the same problem, :(


    All I can suggest is to send in a support request over at Akismet: http://akismet.com/contact/ .



    Same problem. An earlier clarification from Akismet available here:



    I have the same problem on a self-hoested WordPress install and it IS annoying…
    I do hope it will get fixed soon >_<;;


    I don’t like the fact that Askimet ignore this problem. We all have comments that land in the spam. But for months now we have not been able to find them.

    Would it be possible to have an alternative? It would be nice if WordPress bloggers could choose to use one of Askimets competitors. There are many other companies…


    At the very least we should be able to make a sticky post o our blogs to inform our readers about Askimet’s breakdown.



    I’am also having the same problem my spam counter is going up but there’s nothing in the queue.



    I’m having the same problem



    There is a demonstrated problem with Akismet.

    When I wrote to forums and later support about Akismet Gone Wild, I figured I would be the lone member taking issue with Akismet. Boy, was I wrong. I’ve read dozens of similar complaints from members.

    That said, instead of giving WP members a pat response such as “It’s being worked on,” or, the equally dismissive, “Just think how much worse it would be with no Akismet,” how about making Akismet an OPTIONAL feature?

    I’ve written to Akismet requesting instructions how to remove it from my blog and I never got a response.

    It’s not fair that we are being held captive by Akismet. Luckily, my readers are patient but they are growing tired of not seeing their comments appear the moment they post them. If this problem had existed from the beginning, I doubt that my blog would have passed the 250,000 hiy mark.


    Here at .com, there is no way to remove or disable Akismet on your blog. Akismet is b0rked at least for some. On one of the blogs I had here at .com, I had the problem of virtually never being able to review the comments Akismet caught. On the other blog I created a few months after the first, Akismet works properly. If the count goes up by 5, I have 5 to review. On the first blog, the count may go up by 10, 20 or 30 before I get the chance to review a token one or two spams.

    I first noticed the problem about 9 months ago.


    Can’t we organize something? An anti-Askimet campaign on the internet? Collect signatures in protest? Write posts about it on all our blogs? Warn against the use of Askimet?


    Oh well. It seems that Askimet is a WordPress company or Automattic company. Wikipedia says so. Consequently my suggestion above would be a very bad idea. So don’t do that….



    That’s not a bad idea just because WordPress wuvs it so very very much. So what? We’re still getting outrageously poor service. Akismet plainly is as full of bugs as a beetle jamboree and quite simply sucks large expanses of arse.


    Well, I want my spam back. It was addressed to me – not Askimet. I decide what is spam and what is not. I have comments there that I haven’t seen and I want them released.



    Hear hear!

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