Check the Akismet spam folder

By Daniel Scocco

Akismet is a very efficient spam filter plugin, but it is not perfect. Usually it will block 1 legit comment out of 100 spam comments, translating into 1 or 2 legit comments being blocked every week on my case.

Make sure you check the Akismet spam folder once in a while to recover those legit comments, preferably once a week. Should a reader notice that his comment did not appear on the site it is very probable that he will get discouraged from commenting again.



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12 Responses to “Check the Akismet spam folder”

  • Daily Good Tips

    akismet good tool but no perfect. no tools perfect.

  • Bang Kritikus

    How to delete comments in blogspot ???

  • resimler

    Oh!

    Thanks Daniel. Great work.

  • Matt

    I just sifted through 200 comments and there were no false positives.

  • Ramen Junkie

    Man that is such a huge chore for one comment. Like someone else mentioned, 50 spam comments a day makes it a mess to look through after more than a couple of days.

    This could easily be fixed with a few more options on the interface. For example, telling it to “delete this page of spam only” would be nice so I don’t have to sift through ALL of them at once.

    Also “Delete all duplicate messages” to get rid of those that appear repeatedly.

    Frankly I wonder if spam is really targeted at pe3ople reading the blog’s comments or the blogger who is looking through the spam filter.

  • D. Psyko

    Good Tip Daniel especially since i found a comment you left in my Spam Folder.

  • Fanatyk

    I have to do this every day. Each one I`m delating about 100-150 spam comments. :/

  • Daniel

    Engtech, handy plugin indeed, thanks!

    Mike, the sending an email to the visitor to clear things up is definitely a good idea.

  • Mike Empuria

    I don’t check as often as I should so if I find a legitimate comment blocked I email the sender to apologise and explain what happened. It’s useful for them to know that they are being blocked by Akismet and it gives me a chance to open a dialogue with visitors.

  • Anthony

    I personally check mine at least every other day. At about 40-60 comments caught per day, the list at the end of the week is enormous and very hard to find “real” comments in.

  • engtech

    I’ve got a greasemonkey script for Firefox that let’s you see a lot more of the Akismet comments per screen: http://engtech.wordpress.com/2007/01/10/too-much-spam-akismet-auntie-spam-for-wordpresscom-greasemonkey-script/

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