Please check your spam filters

Over the past month or so, comments I’ve attempted to leave on other blogs have gotten caught in spam filters.   This is not as a result of me being a dirty, rotten spammer.  It’s an unfortunate side effect to people not paying attention to legitimate trackbacks and pings getting caught by the filters.

I participate in the e[Lust] Sex Blogs list when I can.  Once I publish the e[Lust] post to my blog, I generate trackbacks to each of the other blogs participating.  Sometimes those trackbacks get caught by Akismet (maybe other spam filters as well).  I’ve seen them caught in my filter and I’m always careful to mark them as ‘not spam’.  If you don’t mark them as ‘not spam’, if you leave them there when you clear your spam filter, that person is marked as a spammer.

And apparently that’s what’s happened to me.  Someone didn’t take the time to check the filter before clearing it and now I’m marked as a spammer by Akismet.  I’ve tried emailing Akismet to resolve the issue, but haven’t received any response.

I’m posting this for two reasons:

1) if you participate in e[Lust], please take the time to check your spam filters before purging.  Don’t sweep legitimate trackbacks away, take a moment to mark them ‘not spam’, then you can trash them from your comments cue if you don’t want them on your site.

2) people who’s blogs I read, please look in your spam filter to see if comments I’ve left recently are stuck in that limbo.

Harrison, I’ve left comments on your blog.

G, also on your blog.

And, Androgynonamous.

And there are probably others that I can’t remember right now.

This whole thing is getting beyond irritating.  Thanks for listening and helping if you can.

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5 Responses to Please check your spam filters

  1. Roxy says:

    I don’t think your comments to my blog have shown up in the inbox for weeks. I know to check my spam folder, but I hate that I miss out on that little email chirp telling me you’ve left me a little note.

    *sigh* I know, honey, I’m sorry. It’s a very surprising side-effect to being in the e[Lust] group, and it sucks

  2. Rayne says:

    Beyond irritating is right. I wish there was a way to tell who was doing it, so some sort of action could be taken. So damn frustrating. If you don’t want pingbacks, flippin turn ’em off! ~sigh~

  3. I’d email Akismet again, they’ve always responded to me within 24 hours.
    Also, perhaps it might do good to turn off sending pingbacks for you? then at least you can start reversing the blacklisting and anything coming from you/your blog is just actual comments which you can notify people to please approve.

    I’m dealing with it as well, and its frustrating. I don’t know who is responsible, or why this never happened with Sugasm.

    mmmm.. good point on turning off pingbacks here.. thanks, Lily
    Also, I’ve emailed them twice.. kind giving up on them for now — K

  4. G says:

    I found your comment in my spam filter, but I never even got an email indicating that you’d commented. Weird.

    But I DID find the comment (thanks!) and approved it, so I hope that helps. It will help on my blog, anyway – once I approve a comment, you should be good to go.

    What a frustrating issue! I hope you can find a solution soon …

    Thanks G

  5. I know I recently found one of yours in my spam folder and was really surprised. I do allow pingbacks but they all have to be approved first. Thanks for the heads up on Li’s comment. We found it, she approved it, and responded. 🙂

    Thank you 🙂

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