That is a lot of spam for one day, Sami. Your site must have made to a bunch of new lists used by the spambots.
The amount of spam has gone up dramatically over the past year. In fact, I find that about 90% of the comments are spam. Personally, I would never consider disabling Akismet. If I did, I would be overwhelmed with spam that I would have to sort through.
bogart, I'm surprised that you find that Akisment is deleting too many legitimate spam comments. I occassionally scan through the long list of spam comments and only rarely find a legitimate comment that was tossed into the spam bucket. If you look at how Akisment determines what it spam, it is primarily from things like porn links, IP addresses from known spam servers and comments that have been reported as spam by blog owners. If I determine that a comment is spam, I always click on the spam link, rather than simply trashing the comment. That gets reported back to Akisment.
I suppose it depends upon how you view comments. Most comments that tell me how wonderful my blog is are actually spam comments from spam bots. A search for the text in any of those types of comments typically reveals hundreds or thousands of blogs with the exact same comment.
I see some blogs where a post has 50 comments and almost every one is spam. If the comment is unrelated to the post, it doesn't add an value to the page. It is like adding gibberish to your post.
Last edited by TopDogger; 19 September, 2010 at 20:32 PM.
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