Spate of spam
For some reason, the amount of spam comments I’m getting (i.e., that are getting through the Akismet filter) has spiked lately. I have my blog set to moderate comments. It’s starting to get out of hand.
Is anyone else noticing this? Are the spammers getting better at figuring out how to evade Akismet? Or is it just me?
The blog I need help with is copyrightandtechnology.com.
Spammers are always trying to find ways around spam filters, and are sometimes successful. You should continue to mark these comments as spam so the filters can learn to recognize them
If you continue to have excessive amounts of spam, you can fill out the form at http://akismet.com/contact/ so the Akismet team can track the issue you’re having and work to fix it.
Spammers are always trying to find new ways to get their links on our blogs. I do not use the comment blacklist because I am well aware that blocking by IP address is useless. IP addresses have not been unique for a decade. ISPs save money by placing hundreds of us in the same IP block. So using the blacklist for IPs means we may block legitimate commenters. Moreover, spammers can get a new IP in seconds flat and some have dynamic ie. ever changing IPs.
May advice is stop wasting you time fretting over a single spammer.
Akismet is a very accurate learning engine. 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.
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.
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.
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.
If you find the spam in the Spam folder, then Akismet is doing its job. If you find them in the comments waiting for your approval and you have marked them as spam, then you are helping Akismet learn its job.
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/
Note: If the Akismet contact form is not working for whatever reason: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks. I mark all spam comments as spam. If Akismet learns from this, it ought to improve over time, but we’ll see.
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