Where are my comments?

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Just like most bloggers, I use a spam catcher (Akismet) for the comments.

The only problem is that sometimes, oftentimes even, legitimate comments find their way into the spam net. It’s weird, because some are from people who have commented before. In general, I’ve noticed that it catches comments that include a link, and comments whose email addresses are similar to the writer’s website. Strange.

Also, if you haven’t commented before, your comment has to be moderated first. I generally accept all comments. But if the comment is offensive, rude, or something I think is unacceptable for me or my readers, I won’t approve it. That doesn’t happen often, though (maybe 5 in the past year). Feel free to ask.

So if you make a comment that didn’t go through (and the comment was polite, didn’t have curse words, and wasn’t offensive), please feel free to contact me to find out what happened. I do check the spam catcher periodically, but sometimes I don’t get to it before they’re deleted.

Finally, thank you all so much for taking the time to leave comments on my blog! I really appreciate it. Comments are what keep me blogging. Knowing that people actually read what I write (and sometimes even compliment me) makes it all worthwhile. Thank you.

Anyone have a suggestion for a better spam filter that really does “learn” as it goes along?

16 Responses to “Where are my comments?”

  1. If you haven’t already, you might want to check one of your options with respect to number of links allowed in post before it’s marked as spam, no matter who it comes from. That’s out of Akismet’s control, and in WordPress’s: Options -> Discussion.

    Akismet has been pretty good to me otherwise. I have no complaints.

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  2. Heh. Looks like your Akismet got me.

  3. feefifoto says:

    Here’s a comment just to let you know someone is paying attention. I run into your blog regularly via Entrecard and enjoy your writing. It’s funny how gratified you can feel when you get comments on what you write.

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  4. Mrs. Micah says:

    I have used Spam Karma, but it’s not perfect either. It was going great for months and then it started flagging legit comments. Eh. But it might be worth a shot for you to see if it works better…different things work for different blogs.

  5. skip says:

    i dont have any spam filter to recommend, but i supposed it is annoying when they delete a nice comment. you can moderate and delete comments yourself but it will take up a lot of time though.

  6. Triphow Ling says:

    ‘Knowing that people actually read what I write…’ That reminds me of a cartoon I saw some time back. It fits perfectly for most bloggers.
    http://www.erskinecorp.com/images/uploads/dog_blog_talk_2.jpg

    See the toon, and I assure you you’ll stop taking your blogging seriously.

    Triphow Ling’s last blog post..NYC Central Park & Zoo Guide

  7. Robert says:

    I use akismet on all my blogs. I have noticed the same thing, some of my most valued commentors get spam marked, and I have to go get them out of hock. Just have to keep paying attention for sure!

    Robert’s last blog post..Research Before Buying an Outdoors Wood Stove Boiler

  8. Askimet has done this to me in the past too. You have to play around with the options and see what works. I can’t remember exactly what I did, but I’d say askimet’s 98% accurate now.

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  9. Rauchen says:

    I think Spam Karma is a very good tool.

  10. Haney says:

    Well, spam comments are inevitable. Akismet is already the best for me, and I don’t use the moderation option. But those comments that contains URL are automatically on moderation or spam.

    All you need is to just skim through the spam comments first before you delete them.

    Haney’s last blog post..Why Buy Frozen Food?

  11. All the spam filters you are using are free of charge? Are they together with your blog website or you need to download it and install it with your blog?

  12. I sent out one comment. It even did not tell me the comment is in moderation. And I can not find the comment I wrote. From my side, your spam filter does not have a good usability to comment senders on your blog.

    • Theda K. says:

      Thanks for the comments! That is weird. I use WordPress for the moderation thing, not Akismet, and I thought it told people their comments were moderated. I’ll have to ask the WordPress folks about that. I have it set so that comments are moderated if the author hasn’t commented before (the ‘discussion’ section of ‘options’.

      The only spam filter I use is Akismet, which came with WordPress as far as I remember. I might have installed it, but it was like the standard that basically came with it.

  13. Joanne says:

    I just started using wordpress and Akismet. I usually do a quick check of what they listed as spam before I delete it. It’s weird…I find I get a lot of prescription drug comments. lol

    Joanne’s last blog post..What Extended Family Can Mean To A Child That Was Adopted

  14. Erp says:

    Many people submitted fake comments..it’s necessary for blogger using spam filter to avoid this thing from happening. Thanks for sharing!

  15. It’s funny how gratified you can feel when you get comments on what you write.

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