I give up!
For a while anyways.
I am turning off comments and trackbacks for a while. I have been getting trackbacks that Akismet is labeling spam which belong to good sites. I have been going through and marking them as not spam by hand. This blog has been getting too much spam to handle doing this now. Unless I check the spam list 2-3 times a day, it will have 300-500 spam comments in a day. I am tired of wading through the smut to save the 1-3 comments or trackbacks that should not be there. So I am just gong to turn it off for a bit. I am hoping the level of spam may go down after a few days and when I turn comments back on it will be manageable.
Overall, I have been very happy with the way Akismet blocks spam.
It has caught nearly 23,000 spam comments. I have only had a few that have managed to sneak past it, maybe 50 or so total. Not bad at all.
My current problem come from Akismet identifying some good trackbacks and comments as spam.
This is due to other blogs not paying attention to their spam filters and letting these sites get marked as spam. I know these sites are not spam. I do not want to further the labeling of these sites as spam so I either need to unspam them or stop comments and trackbacks.
It is sad to see the internet is such a state.
Where some in order to gain an advantage presenting such filth would damage other sites by misusing comment and trackback features. Those that do this should realize that they are one of the lowest forms of life on the internet. It is bad enough if you want to sell porn. It is total unethical, selfish, deviant behavior to force it on others that have no wish to see it on their sites. You, yourselves the spammers are far worse that the people that perform such acts as you have tried to force on my site without my permission. AND YOU KNOW IT! Oh, and by the way, I think even the average web surfer would be shocked at what these people are trying to place on sites now. Sites that have nothing to do with what they are selling.
I could put up with the watch sellers. I can even live with the various male medicines (I find it hard to believe it is that much of a problem). I can live with the loan spammers and insurance deals. If it were just things like sites that want to show the Britany Spears photos that I had to filter through, I would probably put up with it. I don’t want any of these things on my site, but I can live with reading though the spam filter. What I have to read now, I do not wish to endure any more. Currently, checking the Akismet folder is really a low part of the day. Several low parts of the day.
I am hoping a few days with no comments at all will get this blog off of whatever list thinks it is good to spam.
I am not sure if it will be days or weeks before I turn them back on. Again, I apologize that I feel I have to make this step. I just can’t stand it any longer and I do not want good sites or commenters to be labeled as spam. It is sad that the dredges of the internet stoop so low. Things will get better.