Thanks Akismet

This message on the dashboard of your favourite blog this morning:

Akismet has protected your site from 100,717 spam comments already.

And already, despite a clear out:

There are 105 comments in your spam queue right now.

Akismet isn’t perfect. Either that or the spammers are getting more cunning. Here are two examples that slipped through this week, firstly from “free medication help”:

Hello, i believe that i saw you visited my web site thus i came to go back the want?

Which is obviously better English than what you want usual get on this blog the want.

And another one, unremarkable in content, but rather for the “name” of the sender, which was:

Regardless of your better efforts, everyone may ultimately get some good kind of a zit. Rather than taking this (this distributes the viruses and also oils inside the zit all around) try out putting toothpaste on it. The actual tooth paste works to absorb

The link attached took me to an online sex shop in Poland, which has some spectacular deals on at the moment. However, most of the spam that I get is far less useful. And (obviously), if I din’t have Akismet, I wouldn’t be able to do blogging here on  6000 miles… as I’d be too busy deleting spam comments.

So, thanks Akismet.

The trouble with spam

Love it or hate it – and let’s face it, we all hate it – spam is here to stay. 14.5 billion email messages a day. That’s more than four Viagra offers for every man on this planet. Each. Every day. Some of us don’t need that assistance. Really.
And it’s an issue on blogs as well. Here on 6000 miles…, our ratio of trashy nonsense (“Spam”) to real comments (affectionately known as “Ham”) is around 7:1. That means we’re up to 40,000 spam comments on here over the last three and bit years since we moved over to WordPress. Ouch.

But that’s nothing when you look at the Dihlabeng Local Municipality site. It fades into absolute obscurity when you consider this post, describing the make-up of the municipal council. It’s been there for just over 6 months and has attracted over 640,000 spam comments, many of them advertising exciting-sounding sexual deviance of one sort or another.

But has no-one noticed? How do you miss three and a half thousand comments each day on one post on your site?

I’m actually hoping that no-one does notice. I reckon by mid-May, the council post will hit a million spam hits. I’m going to suggest that they throw a party and maybe invite some of those nice girls that they’ve been linking to.

Possibly the best spam comment I have read this year!?!

As caught by Akismet this morning:

2011/01/01 at 3:05 am
Anton
[email protected]
IP 207.219.39.35

Possibly the best blog post I have read this year?!?

It seems that  Anton hasn’t been reading a hell of a lot in the first 185 minutes of 2011. Or maybe he just has impeccably low standards.

Either way, I think I need more readers like him.