A message for my fellow bloggers…

Spam

Over the last week, WordPress, or rather Akismet spam catcher, has been putting most of the comments I leave on other people’s blogs into their spam folder. This does happen sometimes to us genuine bloggers, where for some reason we get blacklisted; I understand it’s happening to a few other people at the moment. I have reported myself to Akismet for this. Akismet does a great job of filtering out spam, and it’s understandable that it won’t always get it 100% right.

So if I usually comment on your posts, and haven’t this week, please check if I’m in your spam folder and release me! I checked my own spam folder this morning and found a real person in there! I haven’t commented as much over the last week because it’s frustrating to take time to write a thoughtful comment, only for it to disappear, so if I’m not hiding in your spam folder, don’t take it personally. I don’t know how long it will take them to sort it out, so if you continue to not hear from me on your blog, then have a little periodic check in your spam folder please, you may find others hiding in there with me too! I don’t know how it all works, but maybe if those who have been wrongly flagged as spam, keep being marked as non-spam and released, then it will send the message back to Akismet that we’re not spam?

Remember – Spam can be human too! šŸ™‚

photo credit: AJC1 via photopin cc

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103 responses to “A message for my fellow bloggers…

  1. I check my spam everyday… and I’m finding a few of my normal visitors hiding there….

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  2. Never fear we all love you too much to leave you amid all the genuine “Spam” that we receive…

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  3. I have found three, including you, mingling around the spam this week. I hope it is sorted out quickly but I shall keep finding and releasing until they do.

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  4. have found a lot of good friends in spam over the last week or so–I may deserve to be there but You don’t!

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  5. Since several days I have the same problem. My fellow bloggers land in my spam and so do my comments. I hope the problem can be solved too. Thanks for focusing on this!

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  6. I’ve heard other bloggers say they’re having this problem, too. I also check my spam every day, and so far no real buddies have been there. I hope Akismet can get you all back where you should be!

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  7. Hmmm. It sounds as if comments coming TO you are landing in your spam folder, but not necessarily the other way around. I did find it strange that you didn’t reply promptly to comments like you usually do…now I know why. I check the spam folder every time I log into WordPress, and did that today. I’m happy to report that you aren’t there, and so as far as fakename is concerned, you are free as a bird :).

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    • No, it’s definitely not about comments coming TO me – there was only one of those in my spam folder, and that was from someone who said that she was having the same problem as me when she was commenting on blogs. I just didn’t reply promptly to comments on my own blog in the last few days, that’s all!

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  8. Oh, and P.S., that photo of Spam reminds me that I don’t have any. As anyone who knows me well knows, I’m a huge fan of Spam. (Maybe that’s one of the secret things most people don’t know about me. It hardly ever comes up in normal conversation. I can’t remember ever being in a business meeting or out with friends and having someone say, “By the way, how does everyone feel about Spam?”) It’s my go-to food for hurricane season, which is right now. (June1 to November 30).

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  9. Since most of my followers these days are spam-bots themselves, I need to check the comments regularly. I’m thinking of becoming spam myself and that way my posts and followers can self-generate and I can continue my hiatus with a clearer conscience.

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  10. So far, so good here. Thanks for the heads up. šŸ™‚

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  11. Over the past couple of months, I’ve been finding real people in my Spam too. I bail them out and it seems they don’t end up in there again. Huh! You haven’t ended up in there though.

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    • I remember this happening to Robin Coyle ages ago, I think if one thing you do makes you seem like a spammer for some reason, then it all escalates from there! Hopefully it can be reversed fairly easily too…

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  12. I’m just sore that they took something as scrumptious as Spam and turned it into a dirty word. Bastards. They could have called it foie gras.

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    • Or better still, coriander.

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      • I had to look that up. I’m such a food rube. Cilantro! Why didn’t you say so?!

        Spam is not scrumptious. That was one of my witty sarcasms. I’m not THAT big of a food rube.

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        • After I had posted that comment, I thought to myself that I should have said cilantro, with you being American ‘n all, but I didn’t bother to go in and change it!

          I wasn’t sure if you were joking about the spam or not, with you being American ‘n all šŸ˜‰ And spam is one of those things that some people do have a nostalgic love for, and foie gras is one of those things that some people have a revulsion to because of the process to make it, so it wasn’t that I thought you were a food rube…not that I actually know what a food rube is!

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          • I wouldn’t go out of my way for it, but I wouldn’t turn my nose up at a plate of fried spam and eggs over easy.

            Rube = unknowing bumpkin. Elegant dining is wasted on me. I have no appreciation for it.

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  13. I had the opposite problem – Blogger was posting a lot of spam! So I changed mine to having everything moderated. I get email notifications of all comments, so I always know if something is either in spam or awaiting moderation. I don’t get nearly as many comments as you do, so it doesn’t take that much time to check everything out at the beginning of the day. Another strange problem that I’ve had is to get email notifications of spam comments on Blogspot blogs of other people that I follow! I noticed that one of those people has now also changed specifications to moderation, so I no longer get hers.

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    • Some people always leave their comments set for moderating everything, I guess I would do that if I started having problems, but for now it’s a free for all! That’s funny that you were getting email notification of other people’s spam comments too! Maybe they thought you were some kind of spam police šŸ˜‰

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  14. I know you’ve ended up in my spam folder from time to time. But I always find you and rescue your lovely essence. šŸ™‚

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  15. Reblogged this on andnowforthesecondhalf and commented:
    I am experiencing the same, and just spreading the word. Thanks to Vanessa for writing this. Please check your spam folder as one or other of us (or some other harmless blogger) may be languishing in there with the processed ones….

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  16. Thank you Vanessa – I’ve reblogged as I’m still not able to comment in most places.

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  17. Generally my Spam people offer me Viagra (cheap!) and I wonder how I got on their radar and what use they think I would have for their product? Well, fakename is sort of gender-neutral. But the majority tell me how brilliant I am, how very much they learned from my post, how they can’t wait for more, and how I could tweak the appearance of my blog and attract more visitors by merely clicking on their helpful link.

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    • Yes, they are very helpful aren’t they! I am also always pleased to hear about how long they have been searching for an article as well researched and thought-provoking as mine!

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      • Oh yes, that too! I’m preening my feathers right now, just thinking about what a genius I am. I can’t imagine anyone who writes a blog being attracted to this sort of flattery, but stranger things have happened. It must be successful in some cases, because otherwise the Spammers wouldn’t keep using the same approach almost word for word. Only the email addresses change.

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  18. Glad you are still around and active!:) I will check my spam.

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  19. I’ll go check, but since I haven’t been posting much, you’re probably safe with me.

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  20. I never commented on your posts before-only found you through pfstare now-but am going to check out my spam folder too only because I really deserve HEAPS of comments on my blog! šŸ˜‰ Plainly, they have been kidnapped by Askimet.

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    • Ok ok, I get the hint, I will come and check you out. And I will leave a comment on whatever your latest post is, so if you don’t see a comment appearing there, throw a rope down into your spam pit for me ok?

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  21. I`m also missing all my fav blogs in email notifications this week. Could they be part of this general lock down frenzy?

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  22. Well, waddayaknow? I found a comments from you in my spam folder… in response to my post about Laughable Spam! Is that an omen or what? šŸ˜‰

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    • I know! I smiled to myself as I typed that comment on your post about spam, knowing that’s where my comment would probably end up! I guess I should be grateful it doesn’t put my own comments on my own blog into spam! Although, this morning I commented on the Limebird site, using my Limebird profile, rather than this one, and it put me in spam there! So I guess it’s based on IP address?

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  23. A good reminder to all. That happened to me for a period of time, and it was unnerving. Because of my personal experience, I check the Spam folder was soon as something is in it.

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    • It’s so frustrating isn’t it! I don’t know if it’s particularly happening to a lot of people right now, of if it’s just that I’m becoming aware of the others while mentioning that it’s happening to me if you know what I mean! Like if you get a new car, suddenly it seems like every third car on the road is the same model as yours!

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  24. Reblogged this on redhenrun and commented:
    Thanks to pfstare who already reblogged the following post, I trotted off to my spam folder yesterday. Found four of my favourite bloggers in there. They`ve commented a LOT in the past and have never hit the Spam folder so I`ve no idea how they got into the spam pit.

    My email notifications have largely died. And my reader is acting up too. So I`m trying to root you all out the long slow hard way. I love commenting, so if you haven`t heard from me, maybe I`m in your Spam folder too.

    Ok, over to Vanessa Chapman…..

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  26. As a vegan, I would be mortified to be in a Spam container!

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  27. Great reminder. I’m going to check my spam folder on WordPress. I’ve actually had the opposite happen more spammers are getting through.

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    • Yes, I’ve noticed more spammers getting through actually, but on my second blog which is about recipes, rather than this one – don’t know if that’s coincidence or if there are certain blog types that the spammers hit harder!

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  28. Thanks for pointing this out. I found a personal friend in there who might have wondered about my ignoring her offer of brownies – I would never purposely ignore such an offer!

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  29. It’s a mystery how so much junk is getting through and “real” bloggers are getting caught recently. It’s best to just check the Spam folder every day.
    Thanks for the heads up

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  30. Yep, you were in our spam folder!

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  31. Good reminder, Vanessa. This has not happened with my own blog recently, but it has happened before. I do make sure to look at my Spam folder at least once a week or so, for that reason.

    I’m sure this is much more frustrating for bloggers who get a lot of traffic from all over. One good thing about being obscure. šŸ˜‰

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  32. I like spam … a lot, and I like Spamalot too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLgQMtquS6Y

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  33. Sorry … couldn’t resist …

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  34. I don’t think I’ve ever checked my spam folder. Oh, this is going to be fun!

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  35. Hmm…this is the third post I’ve read this morning about spam. Must be something in the air? I prefer mine on white toast with mayo.

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    • I know, I said on Byronic Man’s post earlier that everyone is talking about spam at the moment! Thankfully, my own personal problem seems to have been sorted now…also my spam problem. Ha! I’m funny!

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  36. It is strange how a specific comment might get classed as spam where as when the comment is “I really enjoyed your post on that topic, you know, the one you’ve just posted about, but I’m not going to mention anything specific. I think everyone in the world would love to read about … that topic. Keep up the great work.”

    Now I’ve put that in, this is destined for Spam. Oh, well. šŸ™‚

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    • Haha, yes! I’m not really sure how Akismet identifies which are spam and which are not. My own spam problem appears to be mainly sorted, except for a couple of blog sites where they never freed me from their spam folder, and so when I commented subsquent to my problem being sorted, I still went into their spam because I think until they free me once, they haven’t sent the message that I’m not spam there! It’s annoying because I don’t know how to let those people know! One of them clicked ‘like’ on this post, so I know they saw it, but I don’t think they then checked their spam. Or maybe they did and chose to leave me there!!!

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  37. Spam, man…
    Hang in there, beautiful!

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  38. Such an annoying habit of WordPress’s. Hope you get out of the spam soon!

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