by engtech of Internet Duct Tape
The reason why I created Akismet Auntie Spam helper script was because I seem to have a problem few other people do — every couple of months Akismet decides that my own comments and trackbacks are spam. This is unforgivable and a fatal usability flaw in Akismet’s design. Comments and trackbacks from the blog admin should skip the spam check process. I challenge anyone who argues differently to have to deal with always having to double check if their own comments are marked as spam. The delay between posting a comment and it appearing in Akismet almost always assures that you will miss one or there will be an inordinate delay in responding to your commenters.
But enough of the ranting about my problems with Akismet. Here are two things you can do to help when Akismet is marking your own comments as spam.
Technique #1: Search the Spam Folder
- Go to Dashboard >> Comments >> Akismet Spam
- Type your name into the search box
- Click search
- Repeat with your blog url to catch trackbacks
You will have to repeat this every couple of days until Akismet gets it’s head straight.
Technique #2: Moderate Your Own Comments
- Go to Dashboard >> Options >> Discussion
- Add your blog url to the moderation list to catch trackbacks
- Add your name, email address, and IP addresses to catch comments 
- Go to Dashboard >> Comments >> Awaiting Moderation to catch your trackbacks
 Fun gotcha: Even though it says “when a comment contains any of these words in its content, name, URL, e-mail, or IP, it will be held in the moderation queue” my testing shows that it only scans the content. This means that you’ll always have to use technique #1 to search the spam folder for your own comments and that technique #2 is only useful for catching trackbacks. I’ve submitted a bug report and hopefully this will be fixed.
From the comments.
The best and only recommended way to get yourself “out” of Akismet is to mark yourself as not spam and if the problem persists for more than a day contact support here:
Please do not contact Automattic or WordPress.com support, they’re different systems.
I hope this helps anyone who finds themselves in the same situation, and I really understand your pain. This situation of Akismet spamming my own comments has been a reoccurring thorn in my side — especially since Akismet is so prevalent that it prevents me from commenting on other blogs.
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engtech blogs regularly at Internet Duct Tape. His latest posts were Blog Tip: Creating a Blog Maintenance Start Page with Netvibes, Only Two Days Left to Win Graphic Design Services for Your Blog, and 9 Techniques to Promoting Your Social Web ApplicationSubscribe to Internet Duct Tape by RSS or by email