Bots Love Me

No, this is isn’t a commercial for We Robot 2014 — that comes in a week or two when we issue the Call for Papers.

I was just looking at my Akismet Stats. Although blog readership is down (but Twitter followership — of a feed that is pretty much all auto-tweets from this blog — are way up), there is one category where numbers are booming: spam. The year isn’t over yet, and I’ve had twice as many as last year — more than 348,000 spam messages through the end of August.

Of those messages, just eleven got through my two-stage filters: Askimet plus the WordPress Hashcash Extended plugin.

Meanwhile there were an average of about a hundred real comments per month; I think a grand total of maybe one or two got wrongly held for one reason or another.

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