My Comments on Your Posts May Be in Your Spam Filter!

I was trying to comment on a blogging friend’s post today who is having a serious problem with his son, and I noticed my comments were disappearing. This reminded me of other bloggers who told me they found my comments in their spam filters in the last few weeks. So I contacted WordPress and was informed that yes, some of my comments on people’s blog posts were going to spam and they see this shouldn’t be happening, but there is nothing they can do about it. So, some of my comments may be in your spam filter because I like to read and comment on your blogs, apparently too much. If you want to read my comments to you, you must go to your spam filter and remove me from spam.
Neat huh?

Here is what WordPress said to me:

“Thank you for your patience. I can see there the comments are in the spam filter. I cannot make any changes to these comments, only the site owner can. When comments are detected by our spam filter they are flagged and require approval from the site owner. This can happen for many reasons including making several comments within just a few minutes of time.
If you are having trouble submitting a comment on a site the best way to resolve it is to contact the site owner rather than make several more comments on the site. The site owner can approve your comment. Further comments when you are being blocked can’t resolve the issue.”
And then,
“I may have a solution for you to help resolve this, without the site owner.
Can you let Akismet support to prevent your comments from being flagged as spam? You will see the option in the second bullet here: https://en.support.wordpress.com/unwanted-comments/
I hope that they can make your account as good. Your comments certainly do not seem suspicious, but we know they are hitting the spam filter anyways.”

I have contacted Askimet, but this may not work, so please un-spam me if you want to read my comments on your posts.


Oh spam I am,
I do not like the spam I am!
I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.
I do not like green eggs and spam.

Would you like them here or there?

I would not like them here or there.
I would not like them anywhere.
I do not like green eggs and spam.
I do not like this Spamalot!

So, it’s cheers to you from spam I am~

Good News Update: Rachel M, a fellow blogger, and WordPress/Askimet engineer has fixed my spam problem. Thank you Rachel and WordPress/Askimet! To see Rachel’s blog click on: https://rachel.blog/about/

266 thoughts on “My Comments on Your Posts May Be in Your Spam Filter!

  1. How sad that people are writing to you or vice versa and comments are disappearing. always enjoy your super photography. Can’t seem to write categories on my photos – will have to pursue this. Keeping a look out for yours

  2. You’re missing a can of SPAM, the meat product you can find at the supermarket. The reason Sam-I-Am doesn’t like SPAM is because he hasn’t tried it; plus, it’s the staff of life in Hawaii. I’ve eaten it – very tasty when fried and perfect when making your own fried rice. If Sam’s SPAM is green, it must be well-past it’s expiration date of forever. 🙂

    I have Askimet set for strict handling, but of course I moderate all comments and haven’t had a misdirect on comments. I can say with high confidence that none of your comments have found their way into the spam folder. [I hope I haven’t jinxed it now.]

    • I used to eat fried spam as a kid and enjoyed it, until I read the list of ingredients. Laughing……Sounds like you are on top of your spam filter which I now will be too.

  3. Yes that is where I found them . I rescued yours but lost another after clicking approve . it is almost as annoying as the red undo button when I have accidentally sent a comment to spam. 🙂

  4. This is really sad… What algorithm they work on… Don’t even understand how much it takes to appreciate a fellow bloggers work and all the more hard work to write a comment

  5. I used to end up in spam constantly for no reason at all with bloggers that I’ve had relationships for years. It was maddening. I went through Askimet and it seems to be much less now. Good luck to you, Cindy. And wise advice to check spam at least once a week. 🙂

  6. Dear Cindy,
    please follow the link from Akismet https://akismet.com/contact/ or/and search for the key word “Spam”. Then write the following message: „All of my comments are being marked as spam“. Then click on the option: „I think Akismet is catching my comments by mistake “. Then fill out the form below and finally submit. It is not a WordPress error. Wait a couple of days and then it should be okay.
    All the best
    Stefan

  7. I think I found you in my Spam folder once, Cindy. I thought it might have been because you used a different account than usual. Oh, well, hope everything works out!

  8. Cindy, So sorry you are having all these issues in your comments getting into spam. I will try to figure out how to find any of your comments to my blogs that may have ended up there and try to move them. I don’t have the best grasp of navigating around wordpress and currently most of my posts are being done directly on my cell these days because the place where I am doesn’t have WiFi and I must resort to limited hot spot time when needing to use my computer in lieu of my cell. Gary

  9. I don’t think I’m having any problems with your comments, Cindy. But another friend had your same problem last week. I’d still wonder if it isn’t a WordPress problem. Normally, I like WP’s ability to find and eliminate spam, however. –Curt

    • One of the reasons I stay with WP is for the spam filter, but it seems pretty easy to see how they identify spam so it also must be pretty easy to get around it if you are a spammer. Still they filter tons of spam for me for which I am grateful.

  10. I have seen “Spamalot” the musical and it is humorous!
    When I comment on a couple of my friend’s blogs it automatically tells me I am awaiting their approval. These are people I follow and I (think?) they follow me.
    I’ll check but you shouldn’t be there since we stay in touch and I haven’t had you there before.
    How aggravating, though! Off to check my spam. ❤❤🤗

  11. Sorry, you’re having technical issues, Cindy. Sometimes dealing with the tech gurus is almost as frustrating as the issue your having. Their answer isn’t very helpful. I periodically check my spam folders and if I see anything from you, you will be unspammed.

  12. Sorry to hear Cindy. Askimet usually corrects the problem. I too have been found in spam and I’ve found a few in spam lately. It’s good practice for all of us to check spam when checking comments. I think it’s an epidemic, lol. 🙂

  13. I have encountered this with other bloggers’ comments on my posts. Good thing I sometimes get curious about the spam folder.

    By the way, Spam I Am is quite cute. He’ll be tasty with eggs for sure. 😊

  14. There seems to have been a huge amount of that going around, Cindy. Another thing that I’ve found is that a comment can show up in my Spam folder several days after it was made… (eye roll). Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday! Hugs.

  15. This is crazy Cindy! When I have a WordPress problem, I just throw up my hands. It seems reallu difficult to ask a specific question of a real person. So I applaud you on seeing it through! Hope it runs smooth ahead! (because we do love hearing from you!) xo

  16. Letting some form of artificial intelligence sort messages sounds as dangerous as a hand grenade. You just don’t know when someone will wander past android pull them pin! Artificial intelligence…, is that somehow related to fake news, Cuz ??? 😉

  17. So now we have a new concept – Fake Spam. Goes with the rest of the double talk “hey-look-over-there” fluster-bucketting communication. I check my spam folder for those occasional misplaced message & to see if the spam offers any Dadaist poetic material to play with. 😀

  18. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Finally some time to go browsing and whilst you might usually expect some sensational photographs from Cindy Knoke.. this post has a slight different theme.. Spam in all its glory.. and topical as quite a few people lately have been commenting that their comments are going to Spam.. in fact I find on a daily basis that I am releasing regular commenters from Spam Jail. Well worth a read and there is little you can go about it if you somehow have a word or two in your comment that fails the algorithm test. #recommended

  19. I am also spam!!!! I think WP needs to sort it’s filters. I appreciate that the real spam gets discarded but I would like my fellow bloggers to know that I really liked their blog. Yours are all fab. Loved the stupid dog competing with the sea lion…

  20. I have seen several postings by a lot of bloggers this last few days. A big problem is when someone has a site or more than one site where there is a lot of spamming coming in. Some of my sites get three pages of Spam. To be honest, a year and more ago I checked that spam box first, but because also having my ordinary e-mail box also getting lots of spam and receiving several hundreds of e-mail a day I do not check the spam boxes any more but delete them, after having had a very very quick look. I do know some post may be lost or not reaching me, but those useless spammers have won on that part that they managed not even to receive a glimpse of me. (Normally I would have thought they would have like to catch an eye but because of the am punt of spammers they are missing the change to advertise for themselves or to bring people to their /mostly sex-/ site.)

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