Cease and Desist

This is getting to be ridiculous. Am I being paranoid or are they out to get me? They must be out to get me because, in my four-plus years with this blog on WordPress and my six-plus years with my previous blog on WordPress, I’ve never seen anything like this.

On Wednesday night, at around 11 pm, right before shutting down my iPhone and going to bed, I deleted all comments in my spam and trash folders. So when I actually closed down, both folders had zero comments in them.

It’s now Friday at noon my time, or 37 hours later, and this is what I’ve got in those two folders.

1,300 spam comments and 544 comments sent directly to my trash folder in a day snd a half! Seriously?

I used to go through my spam folder manually and would review each one to see if any legit comments got swept up by Akismet. But that was when I’d typically get fewer than two dozen spam comments a day. There’s no way I’m going to go through more than a thousand spam comments to find one or two legit ones. So if you commented one one of my posts and it didn’t show up, well, sorry about that.

26 thoughts on “Cease and Desist

      • pensitivity101 August 28, 2021 / 5:53 am

        I wonder if it’s anything to do with your smartphone? I don’t understand techno stuff, so you’ve probably already thought about that.

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        • Fandango August 28, 2021 / 8:51 am

          I’ve been using my iPhone for years, but never had anything like this.

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  1. bushboy August 27, 2021 / 4:50 pm

    My speed through the spam comments in bulk edit is to see if they have an avatar. No avatar no need to stop

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Marilyn Armstrong August 27, 2021 / 5:50 pm

    it sounds like an error. They did something like that to me. It took them four months to fix it — actually they fixed a lot of things in that update — but they never admitted the error. First they gave me a LOT more “hits” than I was really getting — and then they removed most of my followers and deleted me from their folders AND from the Reader. They made me disappear and I had to completely rebuild.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango August 27, 2021 / 6:08 pm

      Okay, I won’t be reaching out to the happiness engineers about this, lest they do to me what they did to you.

      Liked by 3 people

  3. Silver Stone August 27, 2021 / 9:47 pm

    Woah……that’s a crazy amount of spam comments! Wonder how that happened 🤔

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Nope, Not Pam August 28, 2021 / 1:44 am

    All I can say is … wow

    Liked by 1 person

  5. leigha66 September 10, 2021 / 6:55 pm

    That is an alarmingly high number of spam comments! I hope it straightens itself out!.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango September 10, 2021 / 10:39 pm

      I’ve changed my comments so that comments on posts over 60 days old will be blocked and that has reduced the number of spam comments significantly.

      Liked by 1 person

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