I’ve noticed an upsurge in comment spam in all of my WordPress-powered blogs and I had been wondering how these could have gone past Akismet, being obviously spammy comments.
Apparently, Akismet’s servers had some glitch, which let these comments through. The announcement should also be linked from the WordPress blogs portion of your WordPress dashboard.
The stats code introduced yesterday had a bug which only triggered about 24 hours after it had launched. It kicked in for different blogs at different times, but the result was that starting sometime last night you probably started to see really obvious spam getting past your Akismet filters.
I’m really sorry about this, when things are working smoothly it’s easy to forget how much vile junk is actually being blocked day to day. I’m going to go through my blogs now and double-check that no spam actually got published, and I’d suggest other folks do the same. The “mass edit” mode under “Comments” should be useful for WordPress users.
We apologize for any spam comments appearing here on BloggingPro. It’s good that I noticed this glitch early on and was able to use the WP “mass edit” mode to kill the offending posts. I’ve had enough of xanax, online casino and penile enlargement comments for a day.