Akismet 3.0.4 Plugin for WordPress Released

Version 3.0.4 of the Akismet plugin for WordPress is now available.

This update adds better compatibility with Apache 2.4, allows https author URLs to be removed from comments, removes the “Check for Spam” button from the “Trash” and “Approved” queues, and allows for automatic API key configuration when Jetpack is installed and connected to a WordPress.com account.

To upgrade, visit the Updates page of your WordPress dashboard and follow the instructions. If you need to download the plugin zip file directly, links to all versions are available in the WordPress plugins directory.

November Stats Roundup

The streak of breaking records at Akismet is not coming to an end. In November, we broke 500 million spam message caught per day. Maybe the streak will continue, with 600 million spam messages caught in a day in December, we can only hope.

Since last month, we saw a rise of 44% in spam comments caught, and a 136% rise since last year in November. You can see the daily stats in this chart:

Akismet daily spam and ham numbers

The busiest day of the month for spam was November 11 with over 526 million comments caught. The slowest day was November 16 with just over 326 million comments caught. We missed only about 1 in every 32,243 spam comments this month.

In total, Akismet caught 12,204,897,000 spam messages in November. Let’s compare the number of spam comments Akismet caught to the distance between the Earth and Saturn, which is 1.2 billion kilometres when the two planets are closest together (that’s 746 million miles).

If each spam comment were one kilometre, the total number of spam comments Akismet flagged in November would be enough for 9 one-way trips to Saturn.

"Saturn at the equinox" by Phil Plait is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Saturn at the equinox” by Phil Plait is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

As usual, Akismet saw much less ham going around, for a total of 159,568,500 this month – making up 1.3% of all comments Akismet checked. If each ham comment were one kilometer, they would make only enough for a tenth of a trip to Saturn. That’s only enough distance to get to Mars and back.

Your own blog’s comments may have also seen some dips and rises. If you’re having any trouble with missed spam comments, false positives, or any other issue, please feel free to contact us about it, and we’ll be happy to help.

This post is part of a monthly series summarizing some stats and figures from the Akismet universe. Feel free to browse all of the posts in the series.

Akismet 3.0.3 for WordPress Available Now

Version 3.0.3 of the Akismet plugin for WordPress is now available.

This update fixes a bug that could have prevented old spam comments from being deleted, and it gives you more control over how Akismet deletes old spam comments: the maximum age and number per batch are both filterable. You can also disable Akismet’s debug logging even if you have WP_DEBUG enabled. Lastly, we’ve removed the “Check for Spam” button from the Spam folder; that just seemed reasonable.

To upgrade, visit the Updates page of your WordPress dashboard and follow the instructions. If you need to download the plugin zip file directly, links to all versions are available in the WordPress plugins directory.

October Stats Roundup

Akismet had another record-breaking month in October. While in September we hit and surpassed the 300-million spam messages per day milestone, in October we saw over 400 million spam messages come through per day on 12 different days.

Here are the daily stats:

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There was a rise of 44% in the number of spam comments caught from last month, and a 185% rise from last year in October.

In total, Akismet caught 11,337,365,500 spam messages this month, and 207,939,000 ham messages. As usual, the amount of legitimate messages going around is much less than spam – coming in at 1.8% this month.

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To help visualize the numbers, picture a trip from the Earth to the sun. It is 150 million kilometres long on average (that’s approximately 93 million miles). If each kilometre represents one spam comment, it would take 75 trips to the sun to account for all the spam comments Akismet saw this month. On the other hand, if each legitimate comment were one kilometre, it would make up only one trip and a third.

The busiest day for spam for Akismet this month was the 29th, with over 482 million spam comments caught. The slowest day was the 12th (coming in at only 273 million).

Akismet missed only about 1 in every 11,475 spam comments this month. Your own blog’s spam comments may have followed similar rises and falls, and seen some missed spam comments. Please mark those missed comments as spam so that Akismet can learn from your feedback. If you notice a large number of spam comments coming through uncaught by Akismet, please contact us and we’ll be glad to help.

This post is part of a monthly series summarizing some stats and figures from the Akismet universe. Feel free to browse all of the posts in the series.

September Stats Roundup

akisbot-partyT’was an exciting month around Akismet headquarters. We caught over 300 million spam messages in just one day for the first time, on September 26. And if that wasn’t enough, we saw over 300 million comments in one day again on September 30.

But wait, there’s more… we also broke our daily record a total of 4 times this month. Our last daily record was 269 million spam messages on August 21, here’s what happened since then:

  • We broke the daily record on September 4th with 280 million spam comments
  • And then again on September 7th with 284 million spam messages
  • And then again on September 26th with the groundbreaking 312 million comments
  • And finally, just yesterday – on September 30 -we broke our record again with 366 million spam comments

Phew. What a ride. :mrgreen:

There were two other times in Akismet history when we broke the daily record this many times in one month. In November 2011 we broke the daily record 8 times (!) and in December 2012, we broke it 6 times. Though, the numbers were much easier to beat then – 90 to 100 million daily spam comments in November 2011, and 177 to 196 million in December 2012.

Here are the daily numbers for September, with the previous record marked for comparison:

We saw 7,955,568,000 spam comments go through this month, and 357,739,000 real comments.

We saw 7,955,568,000 spam comments go through this month, and 357,739,000 real comments.

You may have also seen a rise in your own spam comments this month. If you’re noticing a larger number of comments than usual being missed by Akismet, please do get in touch through our contact form so we can help out. Let us know what your API key is, and on what website you’re seeing the increase, and we’ll be happy to take a look.

Our slowest day this month was September 14, with a mere 218 million spam comments going through. Compared with September of last year, the number of spam comments going through Akismet increased by 112%, and it increased from last month by 10%. This month, we missed about 1 in every 4,574 spams.

As usual, real comments make up only a small portion of the total comments we see coming through – at 4% this month.

This post is part of a monthly series summarizing some stats and figures from the Akismet universe. Feel free to browse all of the posts in the series.

August Stats Roundup

This post is part of a monthly series summarizing some stats and figures from the Akismet universe. Feel free to browse all of the posts in the series.

In August, there were 7,203,785,500 pieces of spam that came through Akismet. If each piece of spam were one word, it would take 6645 copies of the Harry Potter series to accomodate them all.

Here’s a breakdown of the number of spam and legitimate comments (what we call ham) we saw last month:

Akismet spam and ham stats Aug 2014

Our busiest day was August 21, with about 269 million spam messages, and the slowest day was August 3 with 173 million. We missed only about 1 in every 5,916 spams.

The number of spam message is up 92% from last year, which is a similar large rise we’ve seen in previous months. It’s also up from last month by 28%.

The number of legimate messages that went through this month is 33,377,8500. If each legitimate comment was a word, they’d only fill 307 copies of the Harry Potter series. The amount of legitimate content going around is only about 4% – and the large difference is business as usual.

As always, if your own missed spam or false positive numbers are on the rise, we’d love to help. You can reach out through our contact form.

August was a big month in the spam universe, three services were in the news. Google added new spam filtering support to Gmail – you can find more info on PC World. Twitter announced its new spam filtering system, BotMaker. And, Apple’s iMessage seems to have been hit with a bout of spam. Wired explained why, though MacWorld showed us why the numbers may not in fact be so dire.

And now for a question for the readers: what other data tidbits would you like to see mentioned or discussed in these monthly spam reports? We’d love to hear from you, and accomodate where we can :)

Welcome To Your New Account Page

If you’ve logged in to your Akismet account within the past week or so, you’ve probably noticed quite a few changes. We’re happy to announce some updates to your account dashboard, which will make it easier to manage your Akismet subscription.

The most significant update to the dashboard is an active site listing, which will display each site that has used your API key within the past 90 days. Each site is linked to its dedicated stats URL, which details specific usage. If you have numerous active sites, you can use the handy new search feature to quickly locate one of your URLs. This all makes it possible to know where and how your subscription is being used at any given time.

New Akismet Account Dashboard

In addition to this new stats goodness, the billing information (for users with premium subscriptions) has been moved to a unified section where you can quickly access your transaction history and receipts. This greatly reduces the amount of scrolling that your old dashboard required.

We’ve also added a new Support section with some links to a few popular support documents and an option to get in touch with our Happiness Engineers.

Oh, and the whole thing has been given a fresh coat of paint, as well.

So, log in and take a look. We hope you enjoy these changes and always welcome your feedback. If you notice any problems or have suggestions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. And because we like to keep the goodies coming, look out for a forthcoming update to our stats pages!

Akismet 3.0.2 for WordPress Available

Version 3.0.2 of the Akismet plugin for WordPress is now available.

In version 3.0.2, we’ve improved performance and fixed a bug that could have negatively affected Akismet’s ability to determine whether a comment is spam.

To upgrade, visit the Updates page of your WordPress dashboard and follow the instructions. If you need to download the plugin zip file directly, links to all versions are available in the WordPress plugins directory.