Sweet, Sweet Akismet

July 31st, 2007
Blogging News, WordPress

Akismet has protected your site from 2,000,396 spam comments. also reached the 10,000 comments milestone a couple of weeks ago. So, for comparison’s sake, at present there are 10,577 comments on this blog.


[EDIT] I forgot to ask, how is Akismet treating you?




  1. Lloyd Budd (15 comments.) says:

    Wow! Half a percent ham to spam.

  2. LcF (19 comments.) says:

    Akismet caught 320,881 spam comments on my blog, I have 15,371 ham. I am proud to be paid user of Akismet :)

  3. Alex (5 comments.) says:

    778 comments, 14,307 spam comments blocked by Akismet. Seems I have a better ham/spam rate for some reason. :-) (I don’t use additional anti-spam plugins, though.)

  4. Jonathan Dobres (5 comments.) says:

    About 3,000 spam to 300 legit comments. Akismet is fantastically good at what it does, 99%+ accurate.

  5. adam (39 comments.) says:

    i could share my stats, but they wouldn’t mean anything. other than a handful of times, akismet marks _Everything_ as spam. of course the ham ratio is low. i’ve switch to SK2 + the akismet plugin for it. i’ve had to turn the strength of akismet down to next to nothing.

    not to mention, akismet by itself runs after (meaning it ignores) blacklists, previously approved commenters, graylists, and everything on the discussion options page of the dashboard. it’s not just that akismet has a bad user experience, it’s that it degrades the user experience of wordpress.

  6. Tracey (1 comments.) says:

    Askimet is the best. I’ve never received a SPAM comment before, and I have about 400 SPAM comments detected by Askimet.

  7. Matthew (1 comments.) says:

    936 spam
    220 ham

  8. Jake (3 comments.) says:

    Its working great, love it. This place is much more popular then mine but I can’t live without it, I can’t even imagine having as much spam as you.

  9. Scott (15 comments.) says:

    I’ve got an insane ratio for you. Akismet has nabbed 105,294 spam with the ham at a measly 640. Which means I’m less popular with people than robots.

  10. Mihai (1 comments.) says:

    since I enable the plugin I receive spams, before with a good captcha I was never bored by this, I thing ill gonna use the captcha again but users don’t like …this.

  11. Better Blogging with Michael Martine (2 comments.) says:

    I seem to get akismet-beating spam in waves: for a while, all is quiet. Then, for 2 or 3 weeks, spammers are able to sneak through 3 or 3 times a day.

  12. Steve (1 comments.) says:

    Akismet has been working wonderful for me so far!

  13. GaMerZ (24 comments.) says:

    10,872 spam. Normally I don’t check for ham, I just trust Akismet

  14. Justin Smith (4 comments.) says:

    I love Akismet. I’ve got just shy of 120 legitimate comments and Akismet has block 17,437 spam.

  15. Matthew Smith (1 comments.) says:

    Mmhf… I’ve had quite a nice experience with Akismet; 7845 spam, 137 comments. Rarely misses – occasionally I have to mark a couple spam messages, but that’s about it.

  16. yami (1 comments.) says:

    17,888 spam to 3,101 ham. But there’d be a lot more spam if I didn’t also use Bad Behavior – it keeps the spam loads down enough that I can still check Akismet’s queue for the occasional false positive.

  17. trench (30 comments.) says:

    Akismet has caught 123,861 spam for you since you first installed it.

    There are currently 668 comments identified as spam.

  18. Jenny (24 comments.) says:

    Damn! That’s a lot of spam. Mine has caught like 520+. Spammers don’t love me as much as they love others. xD

  19. Jonix Konios (2 comments.) says:

    For me it’s working great 145,823 spam comments since i installed 5 months ago.

  20. Mirko (1 comments.) says:

    Akismet is an incredible tool. I have no other plugin to fight spam, and still nothing filters through.

  21. Charity (4 comments.) says:

    I love Akismet! I don’t have my current spam count right now, but I can definitely say that I love Akismet.

  22. ShaolinTiger (2 comments.) says:

    I’ve recently implemented much heavier measures than just Akismet, so my spam has now dropped to less than 5 per day on average per blog. Previously it was reaching 3-400 per day.

    Stats from 3 blogs:

    11,153 comments – 73,036 spam comments (Personal blog)
    1,914 comments – 103,309 spam comments (Tech blog)
    481 comments – 46,101 spam comments (Niche blog)

  23. mrmist (1 comments.) says:

    Since moving over to WordPress, Akismet has stopped 4 spam comments, and I have had 2 ham comments (which it let through.). I had to check one of the spams myself, because it looked as if it could be legit, but the site it referenced was a link-grabber, so it was spam after all. Good on Akismet.

  24. XIII (9 comments.) says:

    6457 spam comments blocked, leaving 812 legit comments. I love it, never had a problem with false positives.

  25. Erik (1 comments.) says:

    826 vs. 12,947. And since WP 2.2 it seems that spam got less.

  26. allan (1 comments.) says:

    42,167 so far, and no spam got thru to my blog.. thanks aismet, you are too cool

  27. Skeddy (4 comments.) says:

    622 Spams caught and munched. The best solution I’ve ever used, and super user friendly. Only had one hic-up with one poster on my site, but once it had learnt they were trusted, it works perfectly.

  28. icstrim (2 comments.) says:

    Akismet has protected your site from 36 spam comments. ;) I donn have so many ;)

  29. YILKA (1 comments.) says:

    873 ham vs. 13,194 spam comments. I’m in love with Akismet :D My blog is healthy and kept clean by using Akismet :x

  30. Mytho (1 comments.) says:

    393 comments, 1.756 spams (installed it 2 weeks ago).

    Very nice.

  31. Deadrobot (1 comments.) says:

    15,162 on mine since installing it. That in combination with Spam Karma, I’m finding all sorts of scary monsters and super creeps.

  32. hangy (3 comments.) says:

    108 comments, 859 spam comments
    And I thought I had a high ratio of spam comments — seems like I was rather lucky instead. :)

  33. Xeph (1 comments.) says:

    just 11 :)

  34. Nick Georgakis (3 comments.) says:

    Wow,I thought I was getting too much spam with my ~ 2000 spam comments vs ~80 legit ones during the first year of my blog :-)
    Either my blog isn’t yet well known (Which is unfortunately true :-)) or my Custom made .htaccess ban script does a great job keeping spammers outside!
    I have been using it for 6 months and decided to post/upload it today after reading this post. It is nothing too fancy or difficult -I bet that much better ones may exist- but it could be found usefull to other fellow bloggers in our combined war against spam!

  35. Derrich (4 comments.) says:

    About 11,000 spam since October 2006.

  36. Luc (3 comments.) says:

    So far 82 956 spams caught… aslimet is waaaaay cool

  37. thatedeguy (5 comments.) says:

    I like it, but am currently looking for either a replacement or a supplement to it as the false positives are starting to become more frequent.

  38. Jared Schwager (2 comments.) says:

    So far Akismet has been working great for me. If I’m remembering correctly, I don’t think one piece of spam has gotten by Akismet. It has actually caught spam that I would have passed as legit comments.

  39. diffuze (1 comments.) says:

    I also hit the 10,000 spamcomment milestone the other day. I’m *very* pleased with Akismet. See my blog for details, I had to post when I reached the milestone. ;)

  40. Jonathan Franzone (3 comments.) says:

    I absolutely love Akismet. It makes my job (not really a job yet) as a blogger so much easier. I’ve had a few false positives, but not that many. I’ll take that over having crap populated on my blog.

  41. Bob says:

    Akismet is not protecting my site at all, because their ridiculous $50 per month fee is out of reach for a non-profit operating on a shoestring budget.

  42. MInTheGap (1 comments.) says:

    36,761 – spam
    4,065 – ham (before and after akismet)

  43. Ibrahim Cesar (2 comments.) says:

    17,411 spam comments and 2,815 comments on my weblog.

  44. TW (6 comments.) says:

    At the moment it is 1323 real comments vs 7730 spam comments.

    I’ve had mixed experiences with Akismet. Like a previous commenter noted it seems to work in waves and when one spam gets through three or four do.

    Over the last couple of months, it has probably only let 1 or 2 spam comments a week past though, so it is good.

    In addition to akismet, I disable old comments via “Comment Timeout” and have a customised .htaccess which bans known bots and IP addresses which send more than three spam messages.

    Overall, this seems to meld together to prevent a lot of spam – although I am getting a LOT less now than I was at the start of the year.

  45. paolo (2 comments.) says:

    91 ham / 13,402 spam

    I wonder when will be availabe an akismet version for mail server.. with this rates of eaten spam would be a killer! :-)

  46. Truden (23 comments.) says:

    How one can be proud with the SPAM he/she gets!?
    That is shame…

    I don’t use Akismet and I don’t have SPAM, neither I have SPAM bin.

  47. Tristan (1 comments.) says:

    4,689 comments, Akismet has protected my site from 139,523 spam comments. The ratio is incredible ! I hardly can beleive it. Akismet is what i needed.
    A french personal blog.
    From Paris

  48. ..: JJP (1 comments.) says:

    All I can say is that my website would be overrunned with spam had I not installed Aksimet 18 months ago. In the past year alone it’s snagged over 8,000 spam messages!

  49. ben (5 comments.) says:

    122,001 Spam, as of this minute. 621 real comments.

    That’s over 196 spams for every ham.

    Akismet hasn’t let anything spammy through to my blog, ever. I think I’m lucky. The only time Spam ends up hitting is when I disable all my plugins to do WP upgrades.

  50. Teli (2 comments.) says:

    Just hit my own spam milestone: 110,988 (as of just a minute ago)

  51. David Mattison (1 comments.) says:

    “Akismet has protected your site from 277,510 spam comments.” But I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I have a mere “1,973 posts and 425 comments, contained within 49 categories.” And the posts/comments are after four years as a WordPress blogger; previously I was on Radio UserLand for a year. I’ve had my ups and downs with Askimet. Sometimes it integrates well with one release of WordPress and at other times it lets through hordes of comment spam. I also still can’t figure out how this “Diether” character gets through the Akismet traps.

  52. Alistair (5 comments.) says:

    Since installing Akismet in August 2006, it has dropped approximately 170,000 spam comments on the floor. I cannot begin to imagine how difficult it might have been to manage that volume of spam if Akismet wasn’t available.

  53. NSpeaks (9 comments.) says:

    Since mine is a new blog, so only 2 spam comments with 25 genuine comments till now.

  54. Karkaf (1 comments.) says:

    59 posts on my blog, 99 ham-comments, and 187 spam caught by Akismet. So the volume is low and the ham/spam ratio pretty good (because no one knows me :-)!). But what is important to me is that Akismet never made a single error. That’s great and i love it !

  55. Wallruss (1 comments.) says:

    349 posts on my blog and 10,647 spam caught. I love Akismet! It would be nearly impossible for me to blog without it.

  56. caroline says:

    akismet’s been great! But I think the spammers are wising up because i am getting more and more spam that snuck through akismet and now I have to keep marking them as spam from my comments moderation panel.

  57. Panagiotis (1 comments.) says:

    Akismet has been more then great!!
    I am proud to have it on my website.
    Keep up the good work mates.
    Kind Regards

  58. Atomic Bombshell says:

    So much spam was making it through my Askismet that I had to reinstall Bad Behavior. Not a single problem since. (Crossing my fingers and leaving out my URL!)

  59. Meredith (24 comments.) says:

    3,062 comments and Akismet has blocked 85,832 spams. Some comments are on old posts though from my days using Movable Type and my days using Spam Karma, etc.

  60. Avrila (8 comments.) says:

    205 legitimate comments, 984 caught by Akismet, in almost a year now. It’s missed a couple and thrown a couple false positives–about half a dozen total mistakes. ~99.5% success rate looks pretty good to me.

    I back it up with WP-Ban, without which it would’ve caught much more by now.

  61. Lloyd Lopez (3 comments.) says:

    Akismet has protected my site from 20,057 spam comments.I’d say 99% success rate on filtering out the spam.

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