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WordPress Akismet needs some improvement

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/07/31

This week has been really busy, so only this weekend I found some time to go through the incoming comments.

I found quite a bunch of spam, which is unusual, because WordPress.com uses Akismet which is trying to trap this. Mostly it succeeds (like 99+% of the time), but sometimes it doesn’t, and this week there were more than normal.

So I marked them all as spam, and now the Askimet stats headline at https://wiert.wordpress.com/wp-admin/index.php?page=akismet-stats-display still says “0 missed spam”, and a “100% accuracy rate” but the tables there clearly indicated a bunch of missed spam.

Just in case you wonder too: The spam this week was all about low priced installation guides on getting old software installing on new operating systems.

–jeroen

 

One Response to “WordPress Akismet needs some improvement”

  1. Hi –

    I’m on the Akismet team and came across your post. We strive to have better than 99% accuracy for spam detection (and for most sites we do), so if we have been missing some we want to hear about it.

    On the stats side, I’m still investigating why you are seeing zeros. Send us an email – support@akismet.com – and I’ll follow up to make sure we figure out what is happening.

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