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  1. blessedbklynite

    I will do anything to get this off my site, just tell me how, if I have to move domains, then so be it. Thank you. I have four times the number of ham than spam. Need I say more?

    Also, I was wondering why I have this same problem on one of my other blogs that Akismet isn't even activated on. Can you please let me know why? Is this a issue? Does each blog come with Akismet? If so, then why does it give you the option of signing up for Akismet? But it still says that it has blocked spam for you. Please explain.

    The blog I need help with is

  2. WordPress.COM - Akismet is installed and can't be disabled

    WordPress.ORG installs - your choice on Akismet

    For more on the difference:

  3. I had the same problem today. I couldn't figure out how to get it off my blog!!!
    I read about other people having the same problem, and no one could find a solution. The staff says there is no way of getting it off of your blog. I searched through support and other forums. I was disappointed myself, because I would really love to see the spam that is being deleted without me seeing it first.
    As much as I know, every blog comes with Akismet.
    If anyone knows how to get rid of it, I would love to know too!
    Marcella :)

  4. Did you read this??

    WordPress.COM - Akismet is installed and can't be disabled

  5. Note that the spam that's removed prior to you receiving it in your comments queque is the kind of spam that if posted can take down a whole blogging platform or a significant number of blogs on that platform.

    The bottom line is that you can't disable Akismet and that's the long and short of it. All free hosted blogs are equipped with Akismet and if you don't appreciate how good a spam filter it is then you are free to hire a web host, set up your own install, and export your content out of your free hosted blog into a install, and use a spam filter [plugin of your own choice on that install.

  6. Akismet does a great job and I'm surprised when I hear that someone would like to disable it. If you don't want your spam comments to be automatically deleted but prefer to be able to see them in your spam folder, just go to Settings>Discussion, check the option "Don’t discard spam on old posts", scroll down and click Save Changes.

  7. Like Pana above, I don't understand either why anyone would want to disable it. Spam is nothing more than a pain in the a**.

  8. Here is the thing: Spammers are all the time changing tactics to get around the spam filters out there, and the spam filter people have to play catch-up. When that happens, sometimes innocents get caught, but by marking them as "not" spam, you help the spam filters to make adjustments so that the innocents do not get caught.

    Take it from me, you do not want to run with no spam filtering. For the past 30 days I've been running anywhere from 50 to 450 spams per day on my site and if you do not have spam filtering, YOU have to be the spam filter. I have a client who is getting 1500 to 2500 per day.

    In my experience with Akismet and some of the other spam filtering systems out there, if you look at overall accuracy for a year you are going to find that they are 97% accurate or better. Once in a while though you will have a period where the spammers have changed tactics and the adjustments made by the spam filters end up catching some innocents.

    I know it's a pain, but help Akismet learn. In a short period of time you few, if any "real" comments will be getting caught.

  9. blessedbklynite

    First Reply: To time thief:
    If you go back to my original question, my issue is with Ham which is defined by as, and I quote "Spam most people know as the unwanted commercial comments on their blog, its counterpart we call ham to indicate legitimate comments." I am concerned about my reader's legitimate comments, not about the spam that can take down a whole blogging platform, thank you very much for your help once again. I will definitely look into the option, or take some extra time to do a little more research on other blog sites that may offer a little more of what I'm looking for (to include better customer service).

  10. blessedbklynite

    Second Reply: To auxclass:
    Thank you very much for your help. I will definitely read that article and make a decision based on how it would affect my blog and also my readers. Thank you so much.

  11. blessedbklynite, Ham is basically just what Akismet thinks are legitimate comments. Akismet is built on a learning engine, so if you find any of your Ham to actually be Spam, please mark it as such and Akismet will adapt.

    Similarly, if you find any Spam that should actually be Ham, mark it as Not Spam.

  12. blessedbklynite

    Third Reply: To 5starmagazine
    I feel your pain. I ran into the same problem and decided to open up a new discussion about it. I hope that you find something on here that will help you. I will let you know what I decide to do after finishing my research.

  13. 5starmagazine, Akismet only automatically deletes spam if it's an exact duplicate of something already in your spam queue or a duplicate of a comment that has been marked as spam by a large number of blogs.

  14. blessedbklynite

    Fourth Reply: To panaghiotisadam
    Unfortunately, I have done this a while ago, but still no change. I will try doing it each day this week and maybe I'll get lucky :) Thank you for your advice. I guess it does a great job if all it is doing is blocking spam and not your friend's comments.

  15. blessedbklynite

    Fifth Reply: To teamoyeniyi
    I guess it would be a pain if you were getting acual spam and not comments that would benefit your readers and your blog.

  16. blessedbklynite

    Sixth Reply: To macmanx

    Easier said than done. I cannot see any of the comments that have been marked as ham or Spam. If I could, then that would be a simple fix, but since I cannot see my ham or spam comments, I cannot alert Akismet that my Ham is accurate comments (which they arlready know that). My question is, if Akismet knows that Ham is comments mistaken for spam, then why don't they put them back in your comment section to be moderated by you? Too simple a fix?

  17. Ham comments are already approved. They're the Comments listed in the Comments section of your Dashboard.

    As for Spam, go to the Comments section of your Dashboard and click the "Spam" link near the top (under the "Comments" title and above the "Bulk Actions" drop-down).

    Alternatively, you can get to that from the main Dashboard by clicking "[#] Comments" or "[#] Spam" in the Right Now module.

  18. blessedbklynite

    Seventh Reply: To thesacredpath
    This would make sense if what was getting blocked was 90 % spam and 10 % Ham, but it is the other way around. I would understand if I had 500-1000 comments a day, but I am just starting off and first impressions mean everything. Blocking people's comments that are genuinely interested in my posts, well, let's just say that isn't a very good first impression.

  19. blessedbklynite

    Eighth Reply: To macmanx

    If ham comments are already approved, then why does one of my blog have three comments on it and 19 ham comments documented? I know how to work my way around the dashboard, but thanks for letting me know anyway. :)

  20. blessedbklynite

    Please continue to comment...I need to rest, if you've taken a look at one of my blogs, you will see I've just gotten a procedure done:

    I'll check back later today.


  21. Can you tell us the URL of the blog with 19 documented Ham comments, but only 3 comments total?

  22. IMHO there's nothing left to comment on. Indeed auxclass said it all when her replied to you.

    WordPress.COM - Akismet is installed and can't be disabled

    WordPress.ORG installs - your choice on Akismet

    For more on the difference:

  23. blessedbklynite

    Thank you for all your replies. I think it is weird that seems to give you the option of signing up for Akismet when it is automatically equipped with it, but I will continue my research and for now post a message on my blog to my readers to contact me directly if they don't see their comments on my site so that I can put them in manually for them. This can be a temporary fix to the problem until I figure out the best route to take. Once again thank you for your time.

  24. WordPress.COM gives you the option of signing up for Akismet because you need an account activation code to activate Akismet on a WordPress.ORG install. You can get the account activation code here.

    Just a side not on the Spam - there was a person a while back here that was insisting that Akismet was spamming all their comments to their blog and they kept needing to fish them out of the spam trap - a couple of the people here looked at the site and every comment they had "saved" from the spam filter was in fact spam - your site might be different but that has been the experience of several others in the past.

  25. @auxclass, thanks for bringing that up. I wondered about that too.

  26. To add to what auxclass mentioned (second paragraph): In my blog Akismet has caught more than 26.000 comments so far; of all those, only 4 or 5 weren't actually spam.

  27. blessedbklynite

    To: auxclass, thesacredpath, panaghiotisadam,

    Oh, how I wish that was my case. But like I said in my previous response: I will continue my research and for now post a message on my blog to my readers to contact me directly if they don't see their comments on my site so that I can put them in manually for them. This can be a temporary fix to the problem until I figure out the best route to take. Once again thank you for your time.

  28. If you Un-Spam a person Akismet should learn that they are OK - sort of a pain I know, but in Akismets defense they look at something like 200,000++ comments an hour so it will see someone that is running all over the internet dropping comments and links.

    Good luck - since I moved my site less than two years ago Akismet has sapped 28,700++ Spam.

  29. Is it possible to view the comments in spam? I read in another thread (now closed) about Akismet saving the spam comment for 15 days before deleting. I assume it is saved in the Spam folder within Comments, but that doesn't seem to be the case for me.

    E.g. Yesterday my Dashboard said: "Akismet has protected your site from 11 spam comments already." Today, it says: "Akismet has protected your site from 12 spam comments already."

    But I haven't seen anything in my spam queue / Spam folder in the past week. I check the Dashboard at least three times a day.

    Is this a bug?

  30. When Akismet is absolutely sure that a comment is spam (from know spammers) it will not show those to you since there is absolutely no doubt. It also will not show duplicates so if one spammer leaves 6 spam comments it will only show you one of those.

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