I’ve lost control of my comments…

You don’t see it, but some of my comments are getting deleted by Akismet, the spam blocker that WordPress.com uses. Osman S Borutecene says he’s noticed comments being deleted here seemingly randomly. Truth is commenting in blogging is broken and is getting worse. In just the past 24 hours I’ve manually had to delete about 1,000 spams and in my already blocked page in WordPress.com there are about 10,000 spams. I have absolutely no way to go through and look for false positives, or real comments you’ve left that have been deleted automatically cause they triggered the spam system.

I do notice some trends, though. If you don’t use your full real name (two words like “Robert Scoble”) you’ll get deleted more often. Most spammers use one word names, or three word names. Also, if your post has URLs in it, you’ll be more likely to get deleted.

If you notice your comment gets deleted if you can give me the approximate time you posted it I can usually dig it out of the deleted bucket. Sorry for the troubles, but the comment spam problem is getting dramatically worse. You don’t see it because I also moderate comments from first-time commenters (they wait on a page for my approval, which can take up to a day to get approved, but usually are approved in an hour or two — that’s why spam isn’t getting onto my blog, but I sure see it).

If I ever end up closing my comments this will be why. It’s unbearable at 1,000 spams a day. I can’t imagine how life will be if the spammers start writing more human-like comments and/or if they start moving up to 10,000 or 100,000 per day (Akismet blocks millions of messages across all the blogs every day).

Akismet is both looking at patterns of messages, as well as using the community to block spam. So, if a blogger marks something as spam that really isn’t it’ll get deleted system wide until enough bloggers mark it as not spam. Funny enough my own comments were getting deleted last week too. So it happens to me too!

Comments

  1. Chris says:

    I found a full proof way to get around the spam blocker by trial and error. Do not put any line breaks in the comment. Make it one very, very long line and Askimet will not flag it, and it will get wrapped.

  2. Chris says:

    I found a full proof way to get around the spam blocker by trial and error. Do not put any line breaks in the comment. Make it one very, very long line and Askimet will not flag it, and it will get wrapped.

  3. jonas says:

    you mean

    like this

    chris?

  4. jonas says:

    you mean

    like this

    chris?

  5. Chris says:

    No, I mean no line breaks or carriage returns. If you have a comment that doesn’t pass the spam filter, then go back and repost the comment removing all the line breaks. The same exact comment will now pass the filter with no problem.

    I did not mean to say that every comment with line breaks gets flagged. I was stating that comments that do get flagged can make it past the filter if you repost it sans line breaks, meaning the return key. URLs need not be on a new line, a space before and after a URL suffices to get it to autolink.

  6. Chris says:

    No, I mean no line breaks or carriage returns. If you have a comment that doesn’t pass the spam filter, then go back and repost the comment removing all the line breaks. The same exact comment will now pass the filter with no problem.

    I did not mean to say that every comment with line breaks gets flagged. I was stating that comments that do get flagged can make it past the filter if you repost it sans line breaks, meaning the return key. URLs need not be on a new line, a space before and after a URL suffices to get it to autolink.

  7. Herschel says:

    Just being a Z-list blogger like me 5-10 comments get past the Junk filter and I have to manually delete them. I could not imagine having 1000 comments to manually clean.

    If I did, I’d close comments.

    Ahh… here is a great opportunity for some enterprising developer – creat a spam proof commenting system that can be plugged into WordPress, Typepad and the such.

    It is sad though that there are jerk-offs out there who have nothing better to do than create spam-bots.

  8. Herschel says:

    Just being a Z-list blogger like me 5-10 comments get past the Junk filter and I have to manually delete them. I could not imagine having 1000 comments to manually clean.

    If I did, I’d close comments.

    Ahh… here is a great opportunity for some enterprising developer – creat a spam proof commenting system that can be plugged into WordPress, Typepad and the such.

    It is sad though that there are jerk-offs out there who have nothing better to do than create spam-bots.

  9. Comment administration is totally broken. There are some clear instances in WP for example when I want to do a mass admin and am not allowed to. Like, I’ve got a bunch of old spam on a post I came across yesterday and can I mark them all spam in one click? Nope. It’s just silly.

  10. Comment administration is totally broken. There are some clear instances in WP for example when I want to do a mass admin and am not allowed to. Like, I’ve got a bunch of old spam on a post I came across yesterday and can I mark them all spam in one click? Nope. It’s just silly.

  11. Beejing says:

    No wonder that most of my friends that commented on some of my entries said that i didn’t approved their comments. Too bad. :(

  12. Beejing says:

    No wonder that most of my friends that commented on some of my entries said that i didn’t approved their comments. Too bad. :(

  13. Yes, no doubt comment spam is getting worse. I’m noticing the number of spam messages I have to deal with manually increasing too.

  14. Yes, no doubt comment spam is getting worse. I’m noticing the number of spam messages I have to deal with manually increasing too.

  15. RBA says:

    You can annoy legit users a bit and add some decent captcha (by decent I mean readable). I know I’m not telling you anything you don’t know and yes captcha can be beaten, but I had a blog that I don’t even know how it became popular among spammers (because it had very few legit readers) and it was getting over 100 spams a day. I added a simple captcha and the spam went down to zero.

    Before closing comments just because of spam, that’s something I would certainly consider.

  16. RBA says:

    You can annoy legit users a bit and add some decent captcha (by decent I mean readable). I know I’m not telling you anything you don’t know and yes captcha can be beaten, but I had a blog that I don’t even know how it became popular among spammers (because it had very few legit readers) and it was getting over 100 spams a day. I added a simple captcha and the spam went down to zero.

    Before closing comments just because of spam, that’s something I would certainly consider.

  17. seshadri says:

    Not just blog comment spam. I am getting much more spam in my inboxes. I guess spammers had some kind of technological breakthrough….

  18. seshadri says:

    Not just blog comment spam. I am getting much more spam in my inboxes. I guess spammers had some kind of technological breakthrough….

  19. Raoul says:

    I certainly wish WordPress or Akismet would introduce a CAPTCHA option for comments. That would make it a LOT harder to spammers to leave comments in the first place.

    Robert, perhaps if you suggest it to the folks at WordPress, they might listen?

  20. Raoul says:

    I certainly wish WordPress or Akismet would introduce a CAPTCHA option for comments. That would make it a LOT harder to spammers to leave comments in the first place.

    Robert, perhaps if you suggest it to the folks at WordPress, they might listen?

  21. met says:

    Or instead of a captcha…everyone has to type in “Scoble is God” everytime ;)

  22. met says:

    Or instead of a captcha…everyone has to type in “Scoble is God” everytime ;)

  23. I have noticed very human and generic comments that get past my filter, if it was not for the broken English I might not even notice it.

  24. I have noticed very human and generic comments that get past my filter, if it was not for the broken English I might not even notice it.

  25. engtech says:

    I was trying yesterday to write a program to automatically turn off comments on all posts that are older than 60 days just to make managing spam less work.

    I’m at 1500 spam in akismet a day now.

  26. engtech says:

    I was trying yesterday to write a program to automatically turn off comments on all posts that are older than 60 days just to make managing spam less work.

    I’m at 1500 spam in akismet a day now.

  27. John Fiala says:

    Dang, that is pretty painful – I had no idea spam is so heavy on blogs like this. Mine own is a teeny little social livejoural, so I don’t really seem to get any.

  28. John Fiala says:

    Dang, that is pretty painful – I had no idea spam is so heavy on blogs like this. Mine own is a teeny little social livejoural, so I don’t really seem to get any.

  29. Phil says:

    There’s plenty of anti-spam plugins for wordpress at
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugins/Spam_Tools

  30. Phil says:

    There’s plenty of anti-spam plugins for wordpress at
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugins/Spam_Tools

  31. 2.0 weblogs says:

    Thanks for the tools Phil, Spam is getting worse all the time. I think i heard Matt (wordpress founder) in a CNet interview say something along the lines that he doesn’t use e-mail anymore. ??!! There isn’t that much spam is there? Say, engtech, tell me when you get some duct tape for all that spam you are getting.

  32. 2.0 weblogs says:

    Thanks for the tools Phil, Spam is getting worse all the time. I think i heard Matt (wordpress founder) in a CNet interview say something along the lines that he doesn’t use e-mail anymore. ??!! There isn’t that much spam is there? Say, engtech, tell me when you get some duct tape for all that spam you are getting.

  33. Nima says:

    It’s a shame too, because I think comments are what make blogging so great. You post something, then someone has the chance to add to what you’ve written. It’s a great way to exchange information, opinions, and the like.

    Bummer. :(

  34. Nima says:

    It’s a shame too, because I think comments are what make blogging so great. You post something, then someone has the chance to add to what you’ve written. It’s a great way to exchange information, opinions, and the like.

    Bummer. :(

  35. Rob La Gesse says:

    Just use Spam Karma 2 – I haven’t used Akismet in 6 moths – SK2 does it all, and does it better. And it it free. You can’t beat free!

    http://unknowngenius.com/blog/wordpress/spam-karma/

    (No affiliation with them – just a user of the product)

    Rob

  36. Rob La Gesse says:

    Just use Spam Karma 2 – I haven’t used Akismet in 6 moths – SK2 does it all, and does it better. And it it free. You can’t beat free!

    http://unknowngenius.com/blog/wordpress/spam-karma/

    (No affiliation with them – just a user of the product)

    Rob

  37. This is why I run my own software. Yes, it’s a pain in the ass sometimes, but at least I don’t have to worry about someone else’s version of “spam” deleting stuff for me.

    You seriously should think about it Robert. Once you get a good WordPress or MovableType system set up, it’s pretty simple to deal with.

  38. This is why I run my own software. Yes, it’s a pain in the ass sometimes, but at least I don’t have to worry about someone else’s version of “spam” deleting stuff for me.

    You seriously should think about it Robert. Once you get a good WordPress or MovableType system set up, it’s pretty simple to deal with.

  39. zander says:

    Thought you might be interested on this take in the full feed rss debate:

    http://scienceblogs.com/cognitivedaily/2007/05/the_end_of_the_rss_experiment.php
    - The end of the RSS experiment

    Last week we reported on our site statistics after going to a full RSS feed. The results were disappointing; our numbers went down. We said we’d continue the experiment for another week to see if the trend was reversed once more people heard about the option of viewing all CogDaily content in RSS feeds.

  40. zander says:

    Thought you might be interested on this take in the full feed rss debate:

    http://scienceblogs.com/cognitivedaily/2007/05/the_end_of_the_rss_experiment.php
    - The end of the RSS experiment

    Last week we reported on our site statistics after going to a full RSS feed. The results were disappointing; our numbers went down. We said we’d continue the experiment for another week to see if the trend was reversed once more people heard about the option of viewing all CogDaily content in RSS feeds.

  41. Andrew says:

    I had every comment and every post nuked by Russian spammers last week who got in through some WP hole and went to town. Ticked me off.

  42. Andrew says:

    I had every comment and every post nuked by Russian spammers last week who got in through some WP hole and went to town. Ticked me off.

  43. Scoble – it sounds like most of your comment-spam is bot generated. Click on my name to learn how we effectively got rid of all bot-generated comment spam. Let me know if you want the WordPress step-by-step.

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  45. Chris Paton says:

    I don’t know why there isn’t a CAPTCHA built into wordpress.

    It would eliminate spam and the need for akismet.

    I know that having a captcha would reduce the revenue from ‘corporate’ akismet subscriptions but it doesn’t look to me like they are that interested in making money of akismet – it’s only $50 even for a corporate licence.

  46. Chris Paton says:

    I don’t know why there isn’t a CAPTCHA built into wordpress.

    It would eliminate spam and the need for akismet.

    I know that having a captcha would reduce the revenue from ‘corporate’ akismet subscriptions but it doesn’t look to me like they are that interested in making money of akismet – it’s only $50 even for a corporate licence.

  47. engtech says:

    @robert:

    So I just wrote a program for WordPress.com blogs that turns off comments for all posts older than 60 days (using XML-RPC). I’ll do a study over a few weeks to see if that drops my spam levels (1500/day right now) to something more manageable. If it is worth doing, then I’ll release the program.

    Cheers.

  48. engtech says:

    @robert:

    So I just wrote a program for WordPress.com blogs that turns off comments for all posts older than 60 days (using XML-RPC). I’ll do a study over a few weeks to see if that drops my spam levels (1500/day right now) to something more manageable. If it is worth doing, then I’ll release the program.

    Cheers.

  49. Frank Roche says:

    Robert, I’m using WP, but doing the hosting myself. One way I solved for the tons of spam was to rename my comments.php to something else. The spammers look for comments.php and trackback.php on the million+ WP sites…let them go for the big kill…while I was getting nowhere near the kind of spam you get (nor the traffic), I was seeing days of 2,500 pieces of junk. So, I renamed by two files and implemented a capcha, and voila! No more spam. Immediately. I wonder if that might work on your WP-hosted site. Seems nuts that your are being bombarded and can’t keep up with it…WP should help.

  50. Frank Roche says:

    Robert, I’m using WP, but doing the hosting myself. One way I solved for the tons of spam was to rename my comments.php to something else. The spammers look for comments.php and trackback.php on the million+ WP sites…let them go for the big kill…while I was getting nowhere near the kind of spam you get (nor the traffic), I was seeing days of 2,500 pieces of junk. So, I renamed by two files and implemented a capcha, and voila! No more spam. Immediately. I wonder if that might work on your WP-hosted site. Seems nuts that your are being bombarded and can’t keep up with it…WP should help.

  51. I’ve always used MovableType for my blog and had real problems with comment SPAM until I upgraded to MT 3.2 and started manually adjusting my filters based on trends I was seeing in my SPAM. SPAM filters, with a little love, have done wonders for me. – Cale

    This a related post I posted on my blog: http://www.palmit.com/archives/2006/06/05/comments_enable_1.html

    This comment will probably be deleted by Akismet.

  52. I’ve always used MovableType for my blog and had real problems with comment SPAM until I upgraded to MT 3.2 and started manually adjusting my filters based on trends I was seeing in my SPAM. SPAM filters, with a little love, have done wonders for me. – Cale

    This a related post I posted on my blog: http://www.palmit.com/archives/2006/06/05/comments_enable_1.html

    This comment will probably be deleted by Akismet.

  53. David Dalka says:

    First, blame search engines that reward and cause the behavior not Akismet.

    Second, trackbacks are more broken than comments. A blogosphere without every blog having trackbacks is lame.

    Third, I sent you this tip a while back and you didn’t post it. Lorelle did. But not everyone reads the great info she has. It needs wider attention.
    http://www.daviddalka.com/createvalue/2007/04/22/fixing-akismet-comment-false-positives/

  54. David Dalka says:

    First, blame search engines that reward and cause the behavior not Akismet.

    Second, trackbacks are more broken than comments. A blogosphere without every blog having trackbacks is lame.

    Third, I sent you this tip a while back and you didn’t post it. Lorelle did. But not everyone reads the great info she has. It needs wider attention.
    http://www.daviddalka.com/createvalue/2007/04/22/fixing-akismet-comment-false-positives/

  55. I Feel your pain, man

    I once tried to put a follow on comment on your blog within a few minutes of the first and it deleted that…may be another pattern?

    On spammers. I have heard most of the spam in the US originates in a FL town and the local authorities know about it and will not do anything about it. Not sure how true but its amazing Interpol, FBI cannot do much about the crisis it has become…

  56. I Feel your pain, man

    I once tried to put a follow on comment on your blog within a few minutes of the first and it deleted that…may be another pattern?

    On spammers. I have heard most of the spam in the US originates in a FL town and the local authorities know about it and will not do anything about it. Not sure how true but its amazing Interpol, FBI cannot do much about the crisis it has become…

  57. RachelC says:

    On my personal blog, I use a plugin that closes comments after 3 weeks plus a captcha program that asks you to add 2 numbers together. I get very little spam – if it does get through it’s usually caught by Akismet. On the other blog, which has no captcha, I get lots of spam – almost all Akismet caught but I still have to go with it. Installing a captcha is definitely the next step

  58. RachelC says:

    On my personal blog, I use a plugin that closes comments after 3 weeks plus a captcha program that asks you to add 2 numbers together. I get very little spam – if it does get through it’s usually caught by Akismet. On the other blog, which has no captcha, I get lots of spam – almost all Akismet caught but I still have to go with it. Installing a captcha is definitely the next step

  59. Joao says:

    One easy way to kill almost all automatic SPAM is to use Ajax with a custom protocol for posting the comment. Most SPAMmers take advantage of the standard HTML posting routines which are supported universally. Once one requires Ajax (JavaScript) and a custom protocol, SPAMmers would need to go out of their ways and use slower tools like real browsers or other JavaScript emulators to try to fake their postings, and not only that, as they would need to understand the protocol and adapt their tools to your unique protocol convention.

    Basically, one day of programming for someone experienced with WordPress to add such a thing. It’s really tiresome to allow for SPAMmers to fill the comments, even with anti-SPAM checks in place like bayesian filtering.

    As most Web programming out there requires JavaScript, it should be pretty standard anyway, despite going against some of the sacred Web standards out there, though. :-)

    Just a tip!

  60. Joao says:

    One easy way to kill almost all automatic SPAM is to use Ajax with a custom protocol for posting the comment. Most SPAMmers take advantage of the standard HTML posting routines which are supported universally. Once one requires Ajax (JavaScript) and a custom protocol, SPAMmers would need to go out of their ways and use slower tools like real browsers or other JavaScript emulators to try to fake their postings, and not only that, as they would need to understand the protocol and adapt their tools to your unique protocol convention.

    Basically, one day of programming for someone experienced with WordPress to add such a thing. It’s really tiresome to allow for SPAMmers to fill the comments, even with anti-SPAM checks in place like bayesian filtering.

    As most Web programming out there requires JavaScript, it should be pretty standard anyway, despite going against some of the sacred Web standards out there, though. :-)

    Just a tip!

  61. David Jones says:

    I like the idea of CAPTCHAs, but all the implementations out there looked really easy to break. I saw this site while browsing around though:

    http://recaptcha.net/plugins/wordpress/

    It’s a really interesting type of CAPTCHA that uses words from books rather than generating the CAPTCHAs. In the end, the CAPTCHA can be used to read (do OCR) on the book!

  62. David Jones says:

    I like the idea of CAPTCHAs, but all the implementations out there looked really easy to break. I saw this site while browsing around though:

    http://recaptcha.net/plugins/wordpress/

    It’s a really interesting type of CAPTCHA that uses words from books rather than generating the CAPTCHAs. In the end, the CAPTCHA can be used to read (do OCR) on the book!

  63. Krish says:

    Robert,

    Probably you should close the comments and use a forum software for any discussion. This way, you can avoid those spams and people can still post their opinions inside the forum. Just my 2 cents.

  64. Krish says:

    Robert,

    Probably you should close the comments and use a forum software for any discussion. This way, you can avoid those spams and people can still post their opinions inside the forum. Just my 2 cents.

  65. kelly says:

    lol you need LiveJournal. :D

    (Or at least OpenID?)

  66. kelly says:

    lol you need LiveJournal. :D

    (Or at least OpenID?)

  67. JoeDuck says:

    Robert, dude..if you delete all those comments how are you ever going to find out where to get your viagra and male enhancement products?

  68. JoeDuck says:

    Robert, dude..if you delete all those comments how are you ever going to find out where to get your viagra and male enhancement products?

  69. Joe: oh, they’ll find a way, believe me! Heheh.

  70. Joe: oh, they’ll find a way, believe me! Heheh.

  71. Mike D says:

    Just in the past week I’ve noticed a huge jump in comment spam to my low-traffic blog. I used to get a few per day. Now it’s 60-70 spam comments per day. I can’t imagine how you deal with 1,000 per day.

  72. Mike D says:

    Just in the past week I’ve noticed a huge jump in comment spam to my low-traffic blog. I used to get a few per day. Now it’s 60-70 spam comments per day. I can’t imagine how you deal with 1,000 per day.

  73. Jasno says:

    I think the best solution is to make the web a lot less anonymous. Their needs to be a clear way to identify who is doing what. I know I know about privacy and all those concerns. If the internet was the real world, then spammers would be like people putting up thousands of signs in Wall mart every day telling people to buy things in a back ally somewhere. Wall mart simply would have the people thrown out or arrested, but becuase we can’t track these people down effectively we have NO recourse.

  74. Jasno says:

    I think the best solution is to make the web a lot less anonymous. Their needs to be a clear way to identify who is doing what. I know I know about privacy and all those concerns. If the internet was the real world, then spammers would be like people putting up thousands of signs in Wall mart every day telling people to buy things in a back ally somewhere. Wall mart simply would have the people thrown out or arrested, but becuase we can’t track these people down effectively we have NO recourse.

  75. Razib says:

    The story I am getting here really made me crazy. I have just started to write a blog about lives of people from Bangladesh, and I m now really thinking what will I do if I fall in a problem like yours! Canvas of life – The lives of real people

  76. Razib says:

    The story I am getting here really made me crazy. I have just started to write a blog about lives of people from Bangladesh, and I m now really thinking what will I do if I fall in a problem like yours! Canvas of life – The lives of real people

  77. Liza Sabater says:

    Spam comment and spam trackbacks is the #1 reason I switched to Drupal.

    Neither MovableType nor WordPress can deal with the spamm attacks my blogs suffer everyday –at about 5K a day combined and in a slow day.

    Just culturekitchen alone has come under attack with 1K spam comments and trackbacks an hour. Back in 2005, the last attack cost me over 1K in overage bandwidth and I ended up with over 25K spamments to delete –and that’s on my high traffic blog, not on any slow posting, abandoned site.

    I have been battling this now since 2005 and only see it getting worse with now the emergence of spamming cartels in China and Brasil. And yes, they are like the frigging mafia. Russian spammers are the worse.

  78. Liza Sabater says:

    Spam comment and spam trackbacks is the #1 reason I switched to Drupal.

    Neither MovableType nor WordPress can deal with the spamm attacks my blogs suffer everyday –at about 5K a day combined and in a slow day.

    Just culturekitchen alone has come under attack with 1K spam comments and trackbacks an hour. Back in 2005, the last attack cost me over 1K in overage bandwidth and I ended up with over 25K spamments to delete –and that’s on my high traffic blog, not on any slow posting, abandoned site.

    I have been battling this now since 2005 and only see it getting worse with now the emergence of spamming cartels in China and Brasil. And yes, they are like the frigging mafia. Russian spammers are the worse.

  79. Mike Cohen says:

    I had one day of over 1000 spam comments (almost all pharmacy spam) and after I deleted all of those in less than an hour I had about 50 more. That was exceptional; it must have been some major spam attack. It does seem to come in big waves like that. Usually I get about 100 a week. Since I started, Akismet caught 12,336 spams.

  80. Mike Cohen says:

    I had one day of over 1000 spam comments (almost all pharmacy spam) and after I deleted all of those in less than an hour I had about 50 more. That was exceptional; it must have been some major spam attack. It does seem to come in big waves like that. Usually I get about 100 a week. Since I started, Akismet caught 12,336 spams.

  81. Rick says:

    Sorry if I sound jaded, but with these kind of issues like with the whole Kathy Sierra thing, I just find it extremely annoying leading bloggers seem to think they are the first that have to deal with these kind of issues.

    Spam and misbehaving anti-spam filters and bots are stuff we’ve had to deal with for over a decade now on various internet-platforms.

    No “commenting in blogging is broken”. More like, move along, nothing to see…

  82. Rick says:

    Sorry if I sound jaded, but with these kind of issues like with the whole Kathy Sierra thing, I just find it extremely annoying leading bloggers seem to think they are the first that have to deal with these kind of issues.

    Spam and misbehaving anti-spam filters and bots are stuff we’ve had to deal with for over a decade now on various internet-platforms.

    No “commenting in blogging is broken”. More like, move along, nothing to see…

  83. Lloyd Budd says:

    I use coComment so that I never lose my comments whether never pre-moderated or lost to a spam filter.

  84. Lloyd Budd says:

    I use coComment so that I never lose my comments whether never pre-moderated or lost to a spam filter.

  85. Ernie Oporto says:

    On the WordPress server software I can install the Comment Policy plugin. After installing that the blog spam dropped way low. Really only manual spam got through.

  86. Ernie Oporto says:

    On the WordPress server software I can install the Comment Policy plugin. After installing that the blog spam dropped way low. Really only manual spam got through.

  87. I have had to stop using my primary online “handle” because it was getting my comments deleted at an increasing number of blogs. Changing it is hardly onerous, but it’s kind of annoying that I had to do so just because of spam.

    If anyone’s curious what it was, I’ll spell it out and hope that it doesn’t get this comment tossed:

    f-i-a-t l-u-x

    My assumption is that the first word is not just Latin, but also a brand name, and thus gets flagged.

    Annoying.

  88. I have had to stop using my primary online “handle” because it was getting my comments deleted at an increasing number of blogs. Changing it is hardly onerous, but it’s kind of annoying that I had to do so just because of spam.

    If anyone’s curious what it was, I’ll spell it out and hope that it doesn’t get this comment tossed:

    f-i-a-t l-u-x

    My assumption is that the first word is not just Latin, but also a brand name, and thus gets flagged.

    Annoying.

  89. Mark Jaquith says:

    Fixing this is on my short list of things to do for WordPress 2.3 And as things tend to flow from WordPress trunk to WordPress MU trunk to WordPress.com fairly quickly, hopefully WP.com users can benefit too.

    I haven’t worked out all the details, but the half-baked plan would already greatly speed up comment administration, which will make Akismet’s bad days (or theoretical demise) easier to handle.

  90. Mark Jaquith says:

    Fixing this is on my short list of things to do for WordPress 2.3 And as things tend to flow from WordPress trunk to WordPress MU trunk to WordPress.com fairly quickly, hopefully WP.com users can benefit too.

    I haven’t worked out all the details, but the half-baked plan would already greatly speed up comment administration, which will make Akismet’s bad days (or theoretical demise) easier to handle.

  91. [...] 5th, 2007 Ενώ άλλοι έχουν πρόβλημα με το email bankruptcy, εγώ έχω το αντίστοιχο πρόβλημα με τα comments*. Αλλά αν χάσεις το ρυθμό σου μια μέρα στο σβήσιμο των [...]

  92. [...] I’m joking about quantity of spam as a measure of blog worth. But what I’m not joking about is how much more spam I am getting now compared to a year ago. I’d like to think it’s because my blog is so much more popular now, but the sad truth is that spam is an epidemic that’s affecting bloggers from all walks of life. Even Robert Scoble. [...]

  93. I know at least one commenter has suggested Spam Karma. With a twist, I make the same suggestion:

    There is an Akismet plugin for Spam Karma. This is different than running the two WordPress plugins at the same time: this makes Akismet work _within_ Spam Karma as one of its many tests.

    I use it, along with Bad Behavior, and it’s surprising rare that I actually get spam comments. Briefly put, it works very, very well.

  94. I know at least one commenter has suggested Spam Karma. With a twist, I make the same suggestion:

    There is an Akismet plugin for Spam Karma. This is different than running the two WordPress plugins at the same time: this makes Akismet work _within_ Spam Karma as one of its many tests.

    I use it, along with Bad Behavior, and it’s surprising rare that I actually get spam comments. Briefly put, it works very, very well.

  95. [...] comments as spam too, meaning that you still have to go through all of the spam comments. I’m not alone in this [...]

  96. [...] no user interaction for commenters, it does come with many problems. Some bloggers (such as Robert Scoble(http://scobleizer.com/2007/05/21/ive-lost-control-of-my-comments/)) have found that these plugins [...]

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