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  • Resolved DavidMagero



    We’ve recently been getting a huge uptick in the amount of “high-quality” spam (i.e. spam comments that contain no links and seem like innocent comments on your content but that are obviously bots). These comments make it through the initial filter and are held for moderation, and thus we receive an admin notification.

    However if after they are held we click the “check for spam” button to force a re-check, all said comments are correctly flagged as spam and removed. Why is this? What is the difference between the check before they are held for moderation and after?

    As far as I can tell from the WP plugin code it’s making the same call to your API with the same data in both instances yet is getting a different response. Why is this?


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  • Hi there,

    The difference is time, and the amount of related signals Akismet got, web-wide (like you or others marking something that was missed as spam). The API “learns” based on the signals we get from all of the sites that use AKismet, and is therefore able to make a better decision by the time you’re re-checking the comments.

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