Tag Archives: comment-spam

Akismet Lacks Essential Features

I get a lot of comment spam, and Akismet blocks most of that spam effectively. Here’s the problem: the Akismet service isn’t paginated. So, even though my Akismet WordPress plugin tells me that I currently have 2,402 potential spam messages in the queue, I can only view the first 150 (?) or so. I run into this problem even when I’m not on vacation, as I frequently receive 300+ spam comments overnight.

You can delete all of the spam from your database with a single click. This operation cannot be undone, so you may wish to check to ensure that no legitimate comments got through first. Spam is automatically deleted after 15 days, so don’t sweat it.

But I don’t want to delete ’em all – I just want to delete what I see on the first page. I still need to review the other pieces of potential spam that Akismet isn’t showing me. It would also be helpful if I could sort comments by “spam likeliness.” Akismet is certainly the best solution out there for combating blog spam, but there’s a lot of room for improvement.

Akismet Accidents?

I turned on the WordPress Akisment service that everybody’s been raving about. Didn’t think much of it until this morning, when I realized that I had not recieved one single comment for the past couple of days (which is very odd, even with the recent platform transition). I looked at my Akismet settings and it had trapped 21 very legit comments – without notifying me one way or another. Is something wrong here? Isn’t there a setting that’ll have Akismet email me when there’s a comment to moderate? Are you not seeing your comments show up when you know you posted them? I’m going to turn off Akismet until I figure out what’s wrong – because none of the comments it trapped were bad.