Spam, spam, spam, spam. May 2, 2013Posted by ourfriendben in wit and wisdom.
Tags: Akismet, spam, spam messages, thwarting spam, WordPress
Here at Poor Richard’s Almanac, we blog on WordPress, which has an excellent spam filter, Akismet. Most of the time, it does a great job filtering out spam, but saves the comments until you choose to delete them just in case it’s mistakenly labeled a real comment as spam. (We only say “most of the time” because recently spammers have been slipping through Akismet’s net by posing as real people.)
Until the last few weeks, Silence Dogood and our friend Ben laboriously scanned every single spam comment to make sure we weren’t inadvertently deleting a reader’s comment by mistake. We love your comments, and love to respond to them, and would feel horrible if we inadvertently deleted one.
But these days we seem to be getting 65 to 100 spam messages a day. We really can’t take the time to scan all these messages, so we’ve reluctantly decided to just trust Akismet and hit the “delete all spam” button. If you’re a real, live reader—as opposed to some bizarre, self-serving scum—and have tried to respond to one of our posts but haven’t seen your comment listed or a response from us, please try again. We apologize, and would love to hear from you!