See here for setting up comment moderation > http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/#comment-moderation
I find setting this to 14 days stops a lot of spam.
Discussion Settings > Settings > Discussion
Other comment settings
Automatically close comments on articles older than __days
I moderate every comment posted to my blog. I wouldn’t ever entertain the idea of allowing anonymous commenting on it.
Before a comment appears
__Comment must be manually approved
__Comment author must have a previously approved comment
I never ever enable this setting.
__Don’t discard spam on old posts
Aksimet is a learning engine. 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 on 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.
You can use the Bulk Edit function (check boxes on each comment) to delete less than all the spam comments or to Un-spam more than one comment at a time. Check the box at the comment then choose the proper bulk edit command.
The vast and overwhelming majority of all so-called information on the internet is spam. Over 80% of all so-called comments submitted to .wordpress.com blogs every day are spam. Spam comes in waves. There are human beings who get paid to post spam. There are robotic programs that post spam.
There is no such thing as eliminating all spam but Akismet works very well. 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/
If you have a few minutes available, please do mark those as SPAM:
Also if you are seeing a lot of SPAM from a certain IP, then you can block that using the blacklist:
Blocking by IP address is not recommended simply because IP addresses are not unique. ISPs place hundreds of us in the same IP block and that means you can be sending legitimate comments to the spam queue. In addition to that know that determined spammers simply use another IP address or a dynamic IP address. The bottom line here is there is no bandwidth charge, your blog is free hosted, spam that contains viruses, malware and the like is removed and not sent to us to examine. Your site site is not going to go down no matter how much spam is submitted to it.
Actually, Akismet appears to be having a meltdown at the moment. This is a non-normal situation.
Thanks, Raincoaster. As she said, this is non-normal. We’re experiencing a partial failure of the spam filtering system. You can track our uptime at http://status.automattic.com/9931/136079/Akismet-API .
We’re working on it now and look to restore everything back to 100% ASAP. All spam waiting for checks will run through the system once we’re back up.
The API is starting to return to normal; as it does, the comments in moderation will automatically be checked. No need to manually mark them as spam.
Thanks for your patience and understanding.
If interested, you can read our after-action report at http://blog.akismet.com/2013/11/28/api-outage-november-28th/
Thanks all and have a happy Thanksgiving for all of us in the States.
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