The Un-Spam Button

 

I am researching why my comments appearing in some of your spam folders.  I went on wordpress.org and got a user name and password to begin my search.  As I was reading another user’s words of woe, I read that Akismet also has a support site.  It was more helpful.  This is part of what Akismet support said.

“A comment from a friend appeared in my spam folder. Why, and what should I do?

Use the un-spam button in WordPress to rescue it, or the equivalent button in your blog or forum application.

Akismet isn’t perfect, and occasional errors do happen. The un-spam button will teach Akismet not to make the same mistake again.

I heard that Akismet blocks IP addresses and websites. Is that true?

No, Akismet is not a web site or IP blacklist. Blacklisting isn’t very effective and causes false positives, so we don’t do it.

Instead, Akismet always uses all the available information about a comment together in order to determine if it’s real or spam. The IP address is an important piece of information, but it’s always used in conjunction with other information about each comment.

Additionally, Akismet learns the preferences of each individual blog owner, and tailors its results accordingly – each blog has different standards for what is and is not considered spam, so Akismet produces different results on each blog.

All of the comments on my blog are going to spam!

Are you using the ReCaptcha plugin for WordPress? If so, please disable it and see if that fixes the problem. It sometimes catches comments as spam even when Akismet says they’re not.

If that doesn’t fix the problem, please contact support and we’ll investigate.”

On my site I have found that Akismet has done a good job.  Once in a while I will find a comment that makes sense – even though I don’t know the blogger – I let them in.  Most of the time Akismet keeps out sites that are only selling things, are only about sex, or have really ridiculous grammar and syntax.

There were many more entries, but the gist of the matter is that if my comments are going to your spam folder, then you are going to have to invite me back in. – unspam me.  If I have said something offensive to you, I am deeply sorry. However, since the reporters of my spammy comments have been new blogging friends, I imagine that only your computer or your spam catching program is offended by my remarks or IP address. To those offended technologies I say, “Unspam yourself, and have a great day!”

🙂

 

Author: Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, author, blogger and retired teacher/consultant. Read more about me here. http://wp.me/P7tP3I-2

14 thoughts on “The Un-Spam Button”

    1. It’s ok I’ll have another offer. Most of my Spam friends just want sex. They just keep trying, even though they are thrown in everybody’s spam box. What I don’t like is being in the Spam box with them. How does a nice girl like me end up in someone’s Spam folder with those creeps anyway???

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    1. Russel Ray, you were busy camping today! Thanks for coming by. I’ve been busy, and that is always a good thing. Hope things are well in your neck (of the woods- just to clarify) as well.

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  1. Hi This has been happening to ALL my comments that I leave on sites with Akismet, including my own. It only started several days ago. I contacted Akismet & they sent me a link to a test comment site of theirs. I left a test comment but am still waiting to hear back from them. It is very frustrating. I wonder if someone has marked one of my comments on their blog as spam & now Akismet blocks me for every comment I leave anywhere that Akismet is used. I came across your post while trying to find an answer on Google. On my site I have repeatedly hit the “Un-Spam” button but it doesn’t seem to want to learn or if it does it’s a very slow learner. Have a great day!!!

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  2. I got a message from akismet support today to say they fixed the problem. I left a few comments on Akismet protected blogs & VOILA!!! it’s working again. They did a great job getting it sorted for me

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    1. Yeah!!! I’m so happy for your!!! It is so frustrating when it happens to you. I just read one of my spam and it asked if anyone was having trouble loading my pictures. I have had some trouble with that as well – loading my header pictures. I still deleted the comment as spam, but they were right on. Anyway, so happy that they fixed your problem for you. 🙂

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