okay to edit out objectionable content from comments dubbed spam by akismet ?
Why would you want to display and thereby help promote spam?
i just wondered if there is a way to sanitise or ”de-spam” a comment.
From personal experience, you do not wish to do that.! I had some really funny spams get caught in akismet. For one, you should never unspam those comments because it does mess up the system. I never did, but I heard of others who had.
After copying (minus links) the funny bits into new comments, I was bombarded with spam on those same posts. Yes, they were caught with akismet, but I had to wade through them all for the off chance there was a real comment in there. It was not worth it. I went back and deleted all those comments and had to wait for things to settle down again. All I do now is scan for real comments and if something strikes me as funny, I laugh, I delete.
Absolutely not! Posting spam attracts more spam.
Why would you want to encourage spammers to hit on your blog? That makes not sense at all as it amounts into playing into their hands. Please be aware that spam is BIG business and there are suckers born every second who promote it .
The vast and overwhelming majority of all so-called information on the internet is spam. Over 80% of all comments submitted to .wordpress.com blogs every day are spam. The worst of all spam containing malware and viruses is not sent to us. It’s removed as it could bring down many blogs if opened.
If Akismet has sequestered spam comments simply click “empty spam” button. If you get spam that slips by Akismet then mark it as spam (do not delete it) and over time Akismet will learn it’s spam.
On the spam that Akismet catches it takes only seconds to click “empty spam” and you don’t even have to click “empty spam” if you don’t want to. Akismet will maintain comments it has caught for 15 days from the time they were received, and then it will delete the comment automatically.
For more information please take the time to read “5 things every blogger should know about spam” on this page Akismet: How it works http://akismet.com/how/
I think OP is wanting to keep this kind of stuff:
Howdy very nice site!! Man .. Excellent .. Superb .. I’ll bookmark your site and take the feeds additionally?
….. and all the similar ones even though they’re phony as a three dollar bill.
Maybe they see it as some kind of gratification.
Or maybe they are a very young person who lacks life experience.
I used to do that, because I wanted at least SOME comments, to give the impression my blog was popular. It was not a good idea, because spammers search for their spams to be posted and if they find them, even edited, they hammer that website with more spam.
Thanks for responding.
Actually, I was not much conscious of how harmful or downright vicious– ”containing malware and viruses”– spam or spammers might be. Just read up that many jurisdictions have laws against such activity. I wonder if there are any data on prosecutions, convictions or sentences in this context ?
Akismet entirely blocks the most harmful spam. You never see them to approve them. When you approve a spam comment you are in effect teaching the Akismet system that the email address/website associated with the spam comment is OK; This is something you do not want to do.
Yes, there have been convictions of companies that spam as a business, but those are a drop in the bucket worldwide.
I wonder if there are any data on prosecutions, convictions or sentences in this context ?
Spammers DO get caught and fined or imprisoned. A web search will pull up news items.
@mj2100 – just a few observations – you can try bribing your friends to leave comments however my observations that threatening with bodily harm to be more effective – reality most people don’t leave comments.
@raincoaster has a rule of – one comment per 750 page views – my site is more like one comment per 5,000++ page views – people visit my site for specific boating info – get a bit more than they came for and leave –
I set up a blog for some friends 3 years ago – they just started a retirement trip they have been planning for some time – they are getting about one comment per 50 page views – some of them from friends they have not seen in some time as links to their blog get emailed around with a note “do you know xxxxx??” – the comments are fairly standard – wishing them a safe trip – travel advice and some this is what we are doing back home –
So the number of comments and type of comments vary wildly – so you need to ask yourself a question – why are you blogging? and why do you need comments to validate your blog?
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