Spam comments graph
Was checking my WordPress dashboard earlier today when I saw a notification for a plugin update. When I checked on the Plugins page, I saw that it was an update for a newer version of Akismet, version 2.2.1. I did the upgrade via the automatic (one-click) upgrade feature of WordPress.
After the upgrade process was over I went back to the main page and I noticed that there was a new tab that says “Akismet Stats“.
Akismet stats track your comment metrics, including missed spam, false positives (Akismet thought it was spam, but you disagreed), and Yummy Pie, which displays your ham vs. spam count in a nifty pie chart.
When I clicked on the tab, I was surprised to see that Akismet now has a dedicated page to display graphs of spam comments, ham comments, missed spam and false positives and also includes a pie chart showing the percentage of spam and ham (legit) comments. Aside from that, there is also a table located below the graphs that display the historical statistics for spam, ham, missed spam and false positives divided into monthly numbers.
Ham comments graph
Historical Statistics table
Other WordPress users may find the Akismet Stats feature useful but personally, I don’t have any use or need for it. Why? Because I don’t see what this new feature can do to help me better manage my comments and fight spam. I love Akismet and what it does to keep my blog spam-free, but this new feature is something I can live without. For now, all I need is to be able to check the spam queue for ham (legit) comments and be able to retrieve them. That’s unless the folks from Automattic comes up with new features for Akismet that will help WordPress users in improving comment management and battling spam.
What about you guys? What do you think of this new feature added to Akismet? Do you or would you actually use it and check statistics for spam or ham comments? Please share your thoughts and thanks for your time!