Although there are some “issues” or concerns regarding the accuracy of Akismet in flagging comments as spam (many WordPress users report that their own comments or reader’s comments are flagged as spam), it still remains as one of the top anti-spam plugins/solutions available on the Internet. I’ve been using Akismet here on JaypeeOnline since the day I started using WordPress and it has done a very good job of fighting spam and keeping spam comments off my blog.
Yesterday, Akismet reached a milestone – catching its 25 billionth spam comment. To celebrate this milestone, the folks from Akismet has built a minisite called 25 Billion Pieces of Spam. The site features a live counter of the total amount of spam that Akismet has caught, information on how Akismet works, the different types of spam or threal levels and last but not least, a mini Asteroids-like flash game.
Caught spam live counter
How Akismet works
Akismet Asteroids mini flash game
Btw, these days Akismet detects spam comments at the rate of about 40 million comments per day. Here’s some additional information or trivia regarding spam and spammers according to Akismet records:
- Spammers are busiest on Friday at 20:00 GMT.
- Spammers are least active on Sundays at 14:00 GMT. (Do spammers go to church?!)
- A blog comment is 8% more likely to be spam on a Saturday morning than it is on a Tuesday evening.
If you’re curious to know which was the 25 billionth spam comment caught by Akismet? Check out the image below:
The comment was made on the Harrisonburg Community News Network.
Do you use Akismet as your antispam plugin/solution? What do you like/dislike about Akismet? If you don’t use Akismet, what plugin/tool do you use to fight and keep off spam comments from your blog or website? Please share your thoughts.