Akismet has a new Akismet Stats page with a chart to show you how hard it is working to combat comment spam.
The chart measures the number of comment spam that Akismet catches, which, as you can see, has spiked recently. It also compares it with “Ham”, the number of Akismet users. I’m not sure how helpful that information is, compared to the number of comment spam that gets through and the number of good comments that Akismet allows through, though the latter is sorta of shown on the front page as a percentage of the number of comments marked as spam.
The past few hours has seen quite a few comment spams coming through my comment panel, though a lot of them are ones I haven’t seen before. Akismet works by being trained to recognize the patterns of comment spam. By marking comments as comment spam and not deleting them, you can help Akismet learn what is spam and what is good.
Big kudos and hugs to Akismet and its developers. It’s putting up a very brave fight against the evil comment spammers. It’s up to us in the WordPress.com Community to help Akismet do its job to protect all of us by marking our comment spam as comment spam if it gets through. And show some appreciation, folks, for the hard work being done which you are getting for free. ‘Tis a beautiful thing!