It’s no secret that we will keep this blog spam filter free on December 15th. For some strange reason we only had 127 spam comments in the last 27 hours. This is a drop to just above 100 a day (as opposed to the previous level 2,000-3,000 per day), which translates to a 95% drop overnight.
Thomas and I just had a conversation about what is going on. Could it be that spammers now give up after reading that comments here really give them no value (or pagerank)? Not only are links removed with Akismet, .htaccess files, blacklists and more. We also instantly remove the very few that slip through.
Or did Akismet modify it’s algorithms? Or did the worlds worst spammers just get blocked centrally somewhere? Or is this just silence before December 15th?
What do you think?
Is anybody else experiencing heavy drops in spam traffic?