I can’t read the spam Askimet is catching

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    Is there any way to just turn Askimet off?



    Not on a WordPress.com blog.



    So, if I’m reading these two threads correctly, we should all report this Akismet/WP.com bug and hope they finally allow us to manually check all comments that Akismet thinks are spam, and not just the ones on posts less than 30 days old.

    I have a relatively new blog, with many posts older than 30 days, and now I’m worried that some of those 94 spam that Akismet has caught were legitimate comments that I never got to rescue because they were deleted right away.



    Even I have the same problem…till yest they showed 18 spam and today it has become 26, but when I try to check it, it only displays the number….I hope they fix this problem…and my mail to Akismet support was duly ignored by them !


    The first two times it caught spam for me, I was able to review it. It has since caught more, but it’s not showing them in the list. That’s a little disconcerting.



    And then the opposite happens as well. Earlier today, there were 107 spam comments total, with the new ones not showing up on the spam page. Just now, there were 109 spam comments total, with 11 shown on the spam page.

    Is someone working on this Akismet thing, or is it just seriously confused?


    I’ve recently moved over from Blogger where I used the “no anonymous comments” setting. I used to have between 6 and 10 comments a day. Now I’m lucky if get 2 because Askimet has caught every one and won’t let me in to “unspam” them. I’m loosing readers because of this. The day befor yesterday it read 80 odd, today it is reading 104.

    Is there anyway at all of sorting this out?

    If Askimet can’t then I’m sorry, but I’m am going to have to move back to Blogger and upset everyone’s RSS feed again.



    Why don’t you restrict comments to moderation only? I cannot imagine where your comments are coming from that all of them are getting sent to spam.


    I have done. But could you tell me why when I first moved over I could see the comments that had been caught and clear the ones that weren’t spam. Now I can’t.



    Can’t tell you. I can see mine. Dr Mike mentions that it’s cached, so if they don’t show up within a few hours send a message to Support at wordpress dot com and let them know this is happening on your blog.

    I am assuming your blog is hosted at WordPress.com; your name isn’t linked to your blog, so I can’t tell.


    Hi Raincoaster,

    Thanks for the reply. I’ve linked it now :-)



    Great, that will save you and everyone else time in the future.



    I have had a blog for 4 days. Yet I cannot read my akismet spam, even via dashboard -> Comments -> Akismet spam.

    Am I reading properly that setting to moderation on my comments will stop this issue? Forgive me, I’m very tired and have been up all night. Uh, reverse that.

    Anyways. I’m a new user and already annoyed with Akismet. Now I need to contact them to get my comments…



    I have a fun one.

    Mine seem to appear and disappear (I sent feedback).

    I was looking for the trackback from the scraper to send the link to Google (I refuse to give him page views looking for my post) thist morning. It was there last night. It was gone this morning. When I logged on this evening, all my spam was back. Now it’s gone again.

    At least I was smart enough to c/p the URL into a text file before it disappeared again.


    I check my “spam” often, but seldom find anything in there (lucky?), however the number of spams caught by akismet keeps going up. I have only twice in 4 months been able to see any of the spams caught. I had sent in a query to support but never heard anything back from them. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ll just have to cross my fingers and hope no legitimate comments get caught.



    I’ve sent feedback too, last week, but received no reply. Do you think WP.com staff are taking this seriously? I’m getting worried. It would help if they at least let us know they’re working on it.

    I’ve turned on comment moderation (thanks for the tip Gnn1) too. I hope that will allow me to save legitimate comments from being deleted instantly. I wish we could just disable that Akismet thing and filter spam by hand.



    For reference
    Where does the spam go?

    When the plugin catches something as spam it saves it in the database for 15 days in case you want to check it out manually and then automattically deletes it. In the unlikely event something gets incorrectly identified as spam you can correct it and it submits the “false positive” back to Akismet for analysis and improvement of our system. If a spam comment happens to get through and you mark it as spam within WordPress, it does the same thing. Akismet becomes more effective the more you use it.

    comments on posts older than 30 days that are deemed by Akismet as spam are automatically deleted




    Yes, I’ve heard about the >30 days rule, but without the actual comment to check, I can’t be sure if Akismet did the right thing. And 30 days is such an arbitrary threshold. It may be useful for bloggers who write new content every day, but my blog consists of reviews of books. Most books I read are much older than a month, some even more than a decade, so a post being older than 30 days means nothing in my case.

    And the bit about Akismet keeping spam in the database for 15 days I think is not true. I see the number of caught spam increasing every day on my dashboard, but rarely get to see even one of them on the spam page. I don’t believe all of them are for posts older than 30 days.


    I agree, kimik0. I’m sure that plenty of them aren’t in the 30 day threshold. My blog isn’t even that old, but I know I haven’t seen all of the spam that Akismet claims to have caught. I probably see about 80% of it (guessing), but definitely not 100%.

    And I’m with you on the arbitrary number. The threshold should be blogger-controlled through the Dashboard. I wouldn’t even set a threshold until it got out of hand, if ever.


    Just as kimik0 says, I can check every two or three days, and each time akismet will say there are no spam comments to review, but the number it reports catching will go up. Basically I almost never get to review them before they are sent to the crusher. And I also am suspect on that 15 day hold. Perhaps 15 minutes, but not 15 days.

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