I’ve grown so used to the awesome spam blocker that Wordpress.com includes for free (it comes from Akismet, which is owned by Automattic, the same folks who do Wordpress). But tonight a TON of spam got through. So, I wonder if Akismet is down or if something got horked?

I guess I've just been taking Akismet for granted, since I've only seen comment spam in the dozen-per-day range. Now I'm up to dozen-per-minute, some days. I've just tossed in a few bandaid solutions, so we'll see what happens. Things like this really make me wish I had magic powers to go find the spammers and apply Chinese water torture using bits of processed meat.

Archived Comments

  • Hopefully you can go back to taking it for granted now, sorry for the problems this morning. I posted some more details about it to the Akismet blog.

  • Matt: I think, if anything, this told me how effective the Akismet service has been at keeping me from realizing how bad comment spam has been getting! :) I don't envy the job you've taken on.

  • Cyn and I didn't know that it was down until she read Scoble. We got back early this morning and (as nerd couples do) checked our email to find a whole mess of comment spam on our blogs. We've installed Bad Behavior to backstop Akismet.

  • If you want a belt to go with those suspenders, I'm a big fan of Spam Karma. [So much so that I don't even use Akismet.] Hope this helps, Les!