Archive for the ‘spam’ Category

Comments working again

Sunday, June 14th, 2009 by Thomas Watson Steen

Thanks to one of our dear readers we just discovered a bug in our commenting system that basically meant that you could not leave a comment on any of our posts. This has now been fixed and you can now again tell us your thoughts. Of cause we should have noticed, since the amount of […]

Cleanup Time — Spam Filter Free Day

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

1111 spam comments in the last 24 hours have been published on Just for the record, all of them are now deleted.


137 new conversations in my mailbox telling me that 137 articles I wrote were hit by spam comments the last 24 hours.

Today is Spam Filter Free Day

Saturday, December 15th, 2007 by Thomas Watson Steen

Saturday the 15th is Spam Filter Free Day here at Why would we ever want to do something like that you ask? Well up until recently we received about 2-3000 spam comments each day so we thought we would draw attention to the wasted bandwidth, time and energy that all these spam comments consume. […]

Spam Comments Dropped 95% Overnight

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

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 […]

Letting Spam In For A Day Questions and Answers

Thursday, November 29th, 2007 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Note that our spam experiment scheduled for December 15th got mentioned by the Akismet Blog, Blogherald, and many other blogs. Akismet Blog: Letting Spam In For A Day Blogherald: Will you turn off Akismet? Follow along in Technorati blog reactions for Also to answer some of the comments we got: Binh Nguyen: How about […]

Announcement: Spam Filter Free Day

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Get ready for a suicide mission: On this blog, we will remove our spam filter completely for one day, December 15th. Today we got our spam comment number 500,000. Pretty scary to think how much energy, computer power, network traffic is wasted on a completely useless activity: To spoil the content with irrelevant comments. Currently […]

Spam Commenters Are Wasting Brainpower

Thursday, September 6th, 2007 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Imagine the amount of collective brainpower idiotic spammers waste on creative ideas for new ways to get past spam filters. This one was caught in the moderation queue (and would probably be caught with Akismet otherwise). For entertainment purposes, here is the text I recieved: Anikrichard | | | IP: hello , […]

Blog Usability: Spam Comments Irritate Subscribers

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

I am back from vacation and saw that Akismet has caught more than 22,000 spam comments over a two week period. That is roughly one spam comment every minute (65 comments each hour). Since February when we passed 100,000 spam comments, we have now passed a quarter million spam comments. (277,421 when I made the […]

Spam Blog Posted 182 Articles in One Day

Monday, April 2nd, 2007 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

We just got a trackback link from a spam blog linking to Thomas’ latest blog post. At first sight, the trackback looked fairly real. Se screenshot below. Just one thing caught my eye: Who’s Jeremy? I went to the site — it looked reasonable at a glance. A look at the categories (oh, it’s called […]

100,000 Blog Spam Comments

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007 by Thomas Watson Steen

Today got spam comment number 100,000. But actually the real number is much higher since we have incorporated a couple of measures to catch the spam even before it reaches WordPress or Akismet. We have for example been blocking certain keywords that we found where common in spam that slipped through Akismet, or we […]