Akismet problems

I’ve been using Akismet to control comment spam and so far, it’s performance has been excellent – out of close to 300 comments, it didn’t report a single false positive and only let through one or two cleverly-crafted comments. However, for some reason, in the past day it’s started letting through comments that are clearly spam, and I’ve had to manually label them as such and then delete them.

I wonder if this is related to the recent update to the system (as it’s a centralized service), or something else. The update seemed to be only related to improving the statistics tracking of the service, and not something related to the spam-detection algorithm. I’ve tried disabling/enabling the plugin, so we’ll see if that helps – has anyone else been having these problems?


  1. Yep, it was related to the stats update. I’ve updated the Akismet blog with info about the problem. It should be fixed now.

  2. Thanks for the quick fix, Matt – Akismet’s really been wonderful so this small downtime doesn’t detract from it.

    I had noticed comment spam getting through on some other blogs I read, so it’s good that the problem was solved quickly.

  3. Nice to read that the problem is solved. I’ve noticed the same problem at my blog.

    Akismet is the best service so far in preventing from spam. So keep up the good work Matt.

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