One of the things I love about WordPress is it’s built-in spam protection, Akismet. It acted up on this blog a while back, but it was fixed immediately by I don’t know who or what. Just today, I decided to check how many spam comments have Akismet saved me from. And look at my stats:
If it wasn’t for our recent blogversary contest, I’d have more spam than ham.Wait, what, HAM?? Yep, HAM are legitimate comments according to Akismet, and I quote:
What the heck is ham doing on my blog? I’m a vegetarian.
Spam most people know as the unwanted commercial comments on their blog, its counterpart we call ham to indicate legitimate comments. On the Akismet mistakes side, missed spam is pretty self-explanatory, but a false positive is what it’s called when we incorrectly identify a legitimate comment as spam. (Which hopefully happens exceedingly rarely.) Also, we’re sorry about the vegetarian thing.
Cute. Also, in case you haven’t noticed, the Akismet stats page looks better now. Why don’t you see for yourself if you have a WordPress blog? It’s worth taking a look at, trust me.