Anyone who’s blogged likely knows about blog spam. It’s the scourge of the blogosphere — automated programs that search out blogs and auto-submit “ads” as comments — usually for gambling, erectile dysfunction drugs and porn. It forces responsible bloggers to moderate all comments.
Fortunately, WordPress’ Akismet plug-in does a good job of detecting spam, but for some reason, it considers comments from my email (using my @bigblueball.com address) as spam! A quick search on the WordPress forums shows that, yes, Akismet may have some false positives, but if you flag it as “not spam” enough times, Akismet supposedly learns to stop marking your comments as spam. So far, we’ve tried it with over four comments, but Akismet is still marking my comments as spam. Any suggestions?