Thank You WordPress and Akismet

I would like to take a moment and say thank you to WordPress and Akismet. I know the last ten days couldn’t have been fun. It wasn’t for me. When I first noticed that most if not all of my comments were sent to spam I was irate. And then I tried to contact WordPress and all I got was silence. Slowly other bloggers started to communicate. WordPress listened and let us know to email Akismet directly. Again, the silence was deafening.

Then the scope of the problem became clear. This was affecting not just a few bloggers, but a lot. Iโ€™m not sure about the actual number. Akismet had to deal with the issue case by case. Sounds like an awful few days at the office. But they did get back to me eventually and all of a sudden I no longer had problems commenting.

I would have preferred more communication in the beginning, but I do appreciate their efforts and as far as I know, it has been resolved. Thank goodness. I look forward to catching up with many of you over the next week.

One good thing about the situation was I met several bloggers who were kind and helpful. Calmgrove who I communicated with during this ordeal asked me if I would join him in thanking WordPress and Akismet. I happily agreed. Please hop over to his blog to read his eloquent thank you.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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62 Responses to Thank You WordPress and Akismet

  1. it is nice when the silence is broken isn’t it? good for you for being so gracious,

  2. Alastair says:

    And I say thank YOU for getting them to fix it!

  3. I also want to add my thank you!! It was frustrating but they did help in the end and I am really grateful for being able to communicate with everybody again!

    • TBM says:

      It was a difficult few days for many of us, but they did come through. I imagine behind the scenes many workers were feverishly trying to solve the problem. At least that’s how I like to picture it.

  4. I have come to realize that being patient like you were is the only way to be in the technological world we live in. I can’t even imagine anymore what it would be like without email, blogging, and the internet in general because they have changed my life and allowed me to meet so many wonderful people. However, technology is definitely fallible, and although I don’t welcome crashes, downtimes, viruses, and even commenting problems like you had, they are inevitable, and all we can do is ask for help and be patient because these techies do not have easy jobs! Good for you for saying thank you :).

    • TBM says:

      I agree completely. And it’s always good to remember that when things like this happen we are not alone. It affects a lot of people so patience is needed. It’s not good to shout, “Hey it’s all about me.” I am glad that it’s over. Very glad! And I’m happy that so many bloggers pulled together to help.

  5. adinparadise says:

    Kudos to you for persevering. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Lulu says:

    Most of the time spam is spam but from time to time other comments do sneak into that category and have to be reclaimed. I’m amazed at how much useless stuff is sent.

  7. bulldog says:

    Great to hear it’s sorted…

  8. Colline says:

    Good to know you are now able to do what blogging is all about – communicate with others.

  9. fgassette says:

    I’m glad your problems have been solved.


  10. ilargia64 says:

    Gad everything is ok now…!!! I hate when these things go wrong, because I feel absolutely unable to do anything on this field!!!

  11. aFrankAngle says:

    Problem solved + Friday = Time for a beer at a pub!

  12. I love your attitude of gratitude, TBM! I am happy for you and all the other bloggers who had the “spam issue”. Have a fabulous Friday:-)

  13. calmgrove says:

    Gracious post, much impressed. And thanks for the link/mention!

    I’ve sent an email to the Akismet guy who contacted me (once) to reiterate our appreciation but haven’t had any response. Possibly may never, but at least gratitude was expressed!

  14. Fergiemoto says:

    Yay! Glad it’s working now!

  15. Glad it’s all sorted – how gracious you are too!

  16. Second that yay! I think your efforts saved a lot of us from this problem and I am grateful.

  17. restlessjo says:

    Thank you for shedding a little light, TBM. First day back today and passing through my Dashboard I spotted 86 Spam! You were among them, though many were the usual culprits. I hadn’t even realised there was a glitch. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. CFisher says:

    Glad to hear everything got sorted out. You’ve been a lot more gracious than I would have been in your position. A lesson for all of us.

  19. samokan says:

    That is so nice of you.
    I would like to say thank you also to WordPress and Akismet for a job well done ๐Ÿ™‚

    • TBM says:

      I don’t think they hear thank you enough. Just grumbling. Thanks for helping us tell them we do appreciate their hard work.

  20. pattisj says:

    I’ve noticed McAfee labels all my blog-related email and newsletters as spam now.

  21. Vishy says:

    Glad to know that the problem is fixed, TBM. It must have been a tough ten days for everyone.

  22. we found you all over the place-email spam, blog spam and couldn’t respond to your comments. but now all is well. you’re back and we’re happy.

  23. vinnieh says:

    Glad it’s working again, sorry about the late comment I’ve been busy lately. Hopefully WordPress has e-mailed me with good news.

  24. Novroz says:

    I am so glad that everything finally work out for you ๐Ÿ™‚
    I can imagine how busy they are (the akismet people) . I still have legitimate comments on my akismet, most are in my turtle’s blog.

    Ps. I like your new avatar ๐Ÿ™‚

    • TBM says:

      Thanks, Novroz. I don’t envy computer people when systems go down or act funny. People get mad quickly. I tried to be patient, but it was frustrating.

  25. Jo Bryant says:

    so glad it is all sorted now…these last few days I have been getting such a huge amount of spam…mind boggling huge…and luckily it has all gone in the spam box

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