Maybe the day before yesterday I made a few comments on some blogs, as I so oft do these days. The next day I go back to those posts to see if anyone responded to my comments, and I notice that my comments are not there. At the time I just thought that I didn’t hit the Submit button as I previously believed so I commented some more, and then noticed that my comments just weren’t appearing. Finally, I talked to Listikal over at his site and he told me that my comments were being marked as SPAM. What the hell?
Once again, one of my pet peeves is when technology revolts against me, which seems to happen more and more frequently lately. And now, the good name of Bush Mackel has somehow been sullied across the Internet and I’m struggling to comment on blogs. How could this have happened?
My guess is Akismet.
Aksimet may be the Skynet to blogs. Aksimet is a service entrusted to help bloggers weed out the spam comments amongst the good, and does so automatically. Furthermore, Aksimet is basically handed out with any blog powered by WordPress. And it does a good job…That is, until it doesn’t. And since Akismet is the large entity across the Blogosphere, immediately, I can’t comment on a large bunch of sites because they all use this technology which thinks I’m a spammer. ARGH!
It’s funny this happens now because I’ve really just hit my blogging stride, talking to other bloggers, learning new things, finally getting somewhere, and then Akismet just brings me down. I don’t know what would happen if I couldn’t comment on other’s blogs. That’s a big way to introduce people to your own, to get the word out.
So hey, if you’re reading this post, good chance I read yours. Why don’t you do me a favor and just check your spam box to see if your boy Bush Mackel has been marked as a spammer. If there’s a way out of this hell, it’s with your help.
(BTW, I found a good article about this kind of behavior, check it out.)
*EDIT : 2 of my own comments were marked as SPAM on my own site. Just discovered them. *sigh*