Not To Be Trusted With Knives

{November 3, 2008}   Thank goodness for Akismet!

The other day when I logged in to WordPress, I noticed that I had exactly 3333 total comments1 on my blog:

That’s a nice number: 3333.

But then I realized that 550 were spam. Boo spam.

And then, on top of that, Akismet has saved me from a further 6741 spam comments!  That’s 2.6 spam comments for every legit comment.  On the Akismet website it says that “86% of all comments are spam,” so I guess it’s good that I have below average spam levels at mere 72%.

Now, this whole thing has prompted me to actually look in the Akismet spam folder – I’ve never looked in it before. It’s pretty much what you’d expect – a lot of links, followed by a list of dirty words and phrases. Although one in particular caught my eye – it had the title “Anal,” which was followed by a link that I shall not reproduce here, and then a list of phrases, starting with:

korea sex net
free anal sex web site
wedding photography essex

Wedding photography essex? Really?
1It was a few days ago when I took this screen shot. When I just now logged in to write this post, I had exactly 3400 total comments.

Raul says:

I can’t get over the fact that you are SO CLOSE to having 1000 posts. Can’t wait. 🙂

Congrats on the many comments, you clearly know how to engage your readers.

Your comments to post ratio is about 3:1; mine is only 1:3 (about 700 comments on 1875 posts). (The “real” number is better, I’ve imported hundreds of posts from another system, and their comments didn’t come along).

Even bigger difference though: My Akismet has caught 215,103 spam comments!

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