WordPress And Akismet
Anybody who uses WordPress probably uses Akismet. Not only does it come with WordPress out of the box but if you don’t use it you’re buried in spam. Every time I update my blog I check the spam to at least scan it to make sure there are no false positives. I rarely find any.
What about when you get comments in your approval queue that are comments that add nothing to your blog nor show the commenter(human or machine)has ever seen your blog? Akismet hasn’t flagged them as spam but when you click on the link it goes to a piece of crap site with spun articles as content.
Do you just trash them or mark them as spam?
Helping Others Down Stream
In my view, anybody that auto-submits comments to any site should be flagged as spam and I take the responsibility seriously. I really want Akismet to learn from my experience so that other bloggers won’t even have to see these crap comments. We all need as much time as we can get to create quality content for our sites. We don’t need to be human spam editors. Anything I can do to get the spam where it belongs, I’ll do it.
The same goes for getting legitimate comments out of spam. If I see any in the spam folder by mistake, I make sure to mark them Not Spam so Akismet can learn from its mistake. Of course, this doesn’t happen very often.
Do you take an active role in spam reduction? Post a comment and let me know where you stand.