Damn the Spam! (Filter)
Many regular commentators here will have noticed that some of their comments are not immediately getting published, when submitted.
One reader recently sent me this note:
“I have commented on your posts in the past and everything was fine, but lately I’ve been trying to join the conversation and none of my comments seem to be showing up. I have tried 3 times now and they don’t show up. I am making sure to fill out every box, and actually hit the submit button – aka I’m ruling out something on my end that I’m not doing right. But when i hit submit nothing really happens, it just takes me back to your article.”
Yep – that’s a bummer. Here’s the story. I use the Akismet WordPress spam filter (the go-to spam fighting plugin for WordPress). It’s always been really good at capturing all of the wonderful offers on penis pills, luxury handbags, and Ugg boots you could ever dream of – aka spam. It’s also been great at letting the good, wholesome, non-spam comments through.
But lately, it’s capturing a lot more than it should – in other words, false-positive spam. I’m not sure if this is due to heavy spam attacks and the Akismet algorithm is being a little extra cautious or what. Please be assured that it’s not me marking your comments as spam, it’s Akismet. And I apologize for any frustration on the behalf of Akismet.
I literally have had to go through every single comment and approve the good ones that don’t automatically make it through. The alternative is I let all the junk through and then mark the spam – but that’s a horrible reader/comment subscriber experience – so I don’t want to go there.
So here’s the deal:
- I have noticed lower commenting levels since this issue started. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE keep commenting. I am big on discussion on this blog. If you don’t see your comment show up right away, I will get to it to approve it (I may miss a few, but 99.9% of the legit comments will get approved). Low comment volume = serious motivational issues for me to keep blogging. If you stop commenting, I may jump off a cliff and then this blog ceases to exist, so please don’t do that. And if you have been a silent reader, now you know how much I’m hurt by your lack of comment love. =(
- There is no need to re-comment – that only makes matters worse. I will try to approve any false-positive comments same day. Just hang tight and don’t get frustrated. Meanwhile, I am going to keep tinkering around with Akismet and my web host to try to solve the false-positive issue. I’m making progress, but still have some work to do.
- As before, you can subscribe to comments when you place your comments by checking the little check box below the submit comment button that says “Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail.” If you’re interested in an article, this is a great way to keep up with the discussion.
- Question: Would some of you comment more if I were to use multiple social commenting options such as Facebook, Google+, and Discus?
A few questions for the bloggers out there:
- Have you run in to similar issues? How did you resolve?
- What social commenting plugin have you used effectively?
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