Spam traffic

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  • #87536

    Has anyone noticed in the last week the massive amounts of spam coming through the system. I mean, Akismet is working really well at corralling junk mail for easy disposal, today alone I think I cleared out 100 spam mail from my box. Who ever is collecting data and disseminating spam into wordpress is working at warp speed…

    I just wonder how many more of us have seen this growing trend?

    Jeremy

    #87756

    raincoaster
    Member

    Before, Akismet used to display ALL the spam it stopped, and it was nothing for me to get four hundred a day. Then it went through a period where it didn’t seem to display any at all. Now it’s somewhere in the middle. I can’t say whether this is because of an increase in spam or an alteration to the way the spam is dealt with (display/hide).

    #87758

    mark
    Staff

    Did you see it hit 12,000,000 stopped in one day?
    http://akismet.com/stats/

    That’s like 138 a second

    #87766

    I only had four comments labeled as spam yesterday, but two were actual comments from friends. Today it says it stopped 12 messages, but they were deleted before I had a chance to see them. Is there a setting where I can review spam before deleting it? I don’t know why I was able to look through it yesterday but not today.

    #87778

    raincoaster
    Member

    No, there isn’t. And believe me, we’ve requested it till we’re blue in the face. You used to be able to review what Akismet stopped, but no more.

    #87877

    carriejeeze
    Member

    Yeah, I’m getting killed by this on one of my client’s blogs — 300 yesterday & the blog is set up to disallow comments! So what’s with getting comments when none should be premitted, especially 300 spams?

    #87878

    drmike
    Member

    *chuckle* You have clients and you can’t read the “Please read me first before posting” labeled sticky? Boy, i feel sorry for them. :)

    http://wordpress.org/support

    Regards,
    -drmike

    #87879

    carriejeeze
    Member

    Guess not, but they are all happy souls. As I am, since despite any blunders I may have made, this forum alerted me to Akismet, which has been a godsend… So I got what I wanted, my clients are happy, and I apologize for any discomfort I may have caused in protocol… on the other hand, I want full credit for any chuckles enjoyed at my expense ;-)

    Oh, I might mention too that these are non-profit, pro-bono clients with long time WordPress blogs and they’ve been very happy — thanks for the great software.

    #87881

    drmike
    Member

    Happy little souls. :)

    I host a fair number of non-profits as well. Seems like I get my share of girl scouts. They never send me any cookies though. :(

    #87882

    ozrisk
    Member

    Looks like they have gone back to the old way – no spam for weeks and now 4 pages of it.

    #87932

    Mmmmm – I think Akismet is deleting my legit comments – before I get a chance to see them. Been told comments were posted and no sign of them anywhere. While my akismet total has increased significantly – but no chance of seeing what was there. Not nice at all.

    #87934

    drmike
    Member

    We’ve been told that anything tagged as a spam attached to a post older than 30 days will get autodeleted.

    #87935

    timethief
    Member

    Weighing in on the opposite side of the issue I don’t want to receive comments on posts that are over 30 days old because I’ve yet to receive a single one yet that wasn’t spam. When the Akismet update was done IMO all was well (comments on post over 30 days old were given the deep six) but lately spam is increasing again.

    #87936

    drmike
    Member

    I get comments all the time on pimpmyblog and that’s over 30 days old.

    I need to do a post on proper categloging…

    #87937

    timethief
    Member

    I have not changed my position one single iota – I want the option of closing every post over 30 days old to comments. This was one of the innovative features of the Akismet update that I celebrated.

    You intend to post on proper cataloguing in the blogosphere like perhaps using LC subject headings – lol – you’ve got to be kidding. In the cyberworld how is “proper” defined and by whom?

    #87938

    drmike
    Member

    Well that MLS does give me some street cred. :)

    #87939

    boles
    Member

    I love having all my Spam back! Now I can rescue all the old false positives again. Yay!

    #87940

    timethief
    Member

    @drmike
    MLS has lots of credibility with me. I’m a library technician as well as being a paralegal. :)

    @boles
    I don’t share your experience. In the last 11 months I have retrieved only 5 false positive comments from the spam filter and none of them were comments on posts that were over 30 days old.

    #87941

    boles
    Member

    Hello time!

    It would be great if we could choose our Akismet devils by turning them on and off using the 30-Day window — sort of like we can do for Snap!

    #87942

    timethief
    Member

    IMO the turning on and off feature when it comes to Akismet isn’t likely to happen on a multi-user blogging platform. We don’t have individual Akismet plugins for each blog at wordpress.com. The updated version of the Akismet plug-in that we all share here incorporated a feature which was booting only comments that appeared to be spam that were directed at posts over 30 days old. I celebrated that inclusion. However, I don’t want to get into another long and drawn out harangue on the subject so I won’t be posting on it again.

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