Increase in spam not caught by Akismet

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  • #55555

    For the past week or so, I’ve been getting plenty of spam comments that have bypassed Akismet’s spam search. They’re not that different from typical spam – plenty of unrelated nonsensical URLs, grammatically incorrect sentences, and so on.

    What happened to Akismet? Why isn’t it catching spam as well as it used to?

    #55942

    raincoaster
    Member

    There has been some weirdness in the spam for the past few days. I’ve noticed some spam slipping through, quite alot being caught in Moderate, and very little in the normal Spam file until last night. I would guess that spammers have changed their IPs or something and that Akismet is having to learn those are spam comments. The only one’s I’ve noticed slipping through are the ones with one or no links in the body of the text; it’s still catching the long lists of links, either in Spam or in Moderation.

    #55947

    boles
    Member

    Bunches of new Spam in my moderation queue today. It’s taking a long time for the system to move them into the Spam file after being identified. Something new is, indeed, afoot!

    #55949

    drmike
    Member

    Tag them as spam so that they get sent in. That way the system can learn. :)

    #55956

    jd2718
    Member

    I had no problem (apparently) with Akismet until about 5AM EST February 3, and then they just started pouring through. I’ve been tagging them, but they are arriving about 20/hr. I don’t look forward to cleaning the mess when I return later.

    #55959

    mark
    Staff

    The problem with Akismet is fixed.
    Apologies for it letting the garbage spam through.

    #55960

    Thanks!

    #55962

    drmike
    Member

    Yes, thanks to staff :)

    #55967

    Mark: I thought you guys were taking weekends now, but here you are. Fixing things. Instead of taking a break. Which you deserve.

    Thanks for fixing things, though. :)

    #55998

    vivianpaige
    Member

    Thanks, Mark! You guys rock :)

    #56007

    timethief
    Member

    Thank you Mark and company … no apology required.

    #56044

    engtech
    Member

    Yay.

    Man, it’s pretty crazy how much can get through when Akismet isn’t working.

    #56069

    roostersrail
    Member

    Good job yet again guys. My comments will stay moderated all the same. Even the fact that Akismet borked the last couple of days it is still amazing that my spam has doubled in a month!

    #56085

    timethief
    Member

    I’m with you. There’s no way I would open my comments from being moderated. As you say the spam has doubled so thank goodness for Akismet.

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