Spam and Ham

In updating my WordPress installation, I took a quick look at the statistics collected by the Akismet WordPress plugin I use to filter comment spam. It has been quite a while since I last looked at these numbers and they’re a little spooky:

  • All time: 67,293 spam, 112 ham, 12 missed spam, 0 false positives for a 99.98% accuracy rate
  • Past 6 months: 49,997 spam, 8 ham, 1 missed spam, 0 false positives for a 100% accuracy rate

In addition to the numbers, the shape of the comment spam volume curve is even spookier:

  • 2008: 212
  • 2009: 515
  • 2010: 2,307
  • 2011: 6,593
  • 2012: 57,671 (YTD)

Thank you, Akismet!

(And in the time it took for me to draft this post, that all-time number increased by 22…)