One of the sites I manage - a very small site without a lot of traffic - seems to attract comment spammers by the bucketload - we're talking tens of thousands of spam comments left weekly.
Akismet does a good job of trapping 99.9% of it, but I'm wondering if there is anything in particular that is making this site seem like a good target.
The only think I can think of is that comments are set to auto-approve while still notifying an admin about the comment…..the organization (it's a small non-profit) decided to do this because they really want engagement with their audience but rarely have someone available to moderate comments. They are okay with the occasional spam comment that gets approved until someone has time to come along and mark it as spam (which usually winds up being me since I'm online 18 hours a day). They would rather that than have legitimate comments *not* appear in a timely manner.
Before someone mentions the WP version, this has been going on since day 1, and through many version upgrades since 2.0.
SO in general, what it is about any site that makes comments spammers think "oh joy, here's a great site to bombard!"
If anyone wants to view the site before answering, its:
I manage a lot of other sites - including other non-profits - that don't get even a small fraction of the attention from comment spammers, so this one has me baffled.