Why are there more spam comments listed under Askismet stats than are saved?
Yes indeed every spam comment that contains a malware thread or a virus is removed so it never gets to you ate all. Thank GAWD for that as there are so many newbies who may be tempted to open it. This is a multiuser blogging platform and if that happened many blogs would go down not just the blog of the blogger who opened the spam.
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/
Automatically close comments on articles older than __ days – This setting can be used to have comments closed on articles that are X days old. As an example, if you only want articles to accept comments for 30 days you would check the box and type 30 into the text field. http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/#other-comment-settings
Spam on older posts is immediately deleted by default. If you don’t want this to happen, go to Settings > Discussion and enable the option “Don’t discard spam on old posts”.
Thanks so much for your help!
Also, we hide spam comments which are duplicates of comments already displayed in your spam queue, and spam comments which have been marked as spam by the majority of WordPress.com users.
The goal is to make finding false-positives easier by removing the comments that are most definitely spam.
Good to know. Thanks!
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