Spam Likes: Alert

Yesterday I left comments on a blogger-friend’s WP site and received back some spam ‘likes’ on my comments overnight – which really annoyed me because this problem also occurred in April this year (from a different WP blog-site).

For all I know, this may be happening to my followers too but no-one has alerted me to it. Its a real hassle trying to get definitive information about what’s going on but I persevered and thought I’d share what I found out – so that if you have the problem you don’t have to go through the search-process I did.

I ended up contacting Akismet directly (they handle the spam-management for WP) and got a reply from a staff member of Automattic:

Hi Liz, you’re not alone. We’ve seen an uptick in reports of “spam likes” today. It’s not possible to prevent all spam, but we are diligent about always improving. In fact we made a few changes today to combat this recent wave of spammers.

Please give it a day or two and let us know if the amount of spam like does not decrease.

I just thought that if you’ve encountered this issue you can at least take some comfort from the fact that they are currently working it.

Kind regards

PS. If you haven’t encountered this then lucky you! A spam ‘like’ has a dodgy looking site name when it shows up in your notifications and often includes words you don’t particularly want to see. At its most innocent it might be gibberish like this:

Here’s a photo from our winter hoar frost trip earlier this month – a frozen letterbox in a frozen landscape. Just including it to pretty up my post ๐Ÿ™‚


Text and Photo by Liz; Exploring Colour (2018)

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  1. Thanks for that Liz, I haven’t had any issues but then I’m a pretty small fish in the blogosphere. Love the photo, but it just makes me more grateful to be living where I am. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. That was just part of a day trip for us so it was an adventure. I wouldn’t want to live there in the winter though. Gore recently has been really still and fog/low cloud so rather chilly with no sun and a bit depressing. I want some sun again! Useless for drying washing (I depend on outside drying). But Nigel and I love these southern regions all the same, Southland and Otago. Last night we were in Dunedin and saw a movie about Piet Oudolph and his style of landscape planting. It was wonderful. Actually I’m still in Dunedin, typing this from the public library ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      1. I have enjoyed visiting the region and hope to get down there again early next year. Summer, you’ll notice. I think I’m solar powered. Can’t cope with too many cloudy days so I live on the doorstep of the sunshine capital of NZ.

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    1. Very frustrating as you can’t just delete them, WP doesn’t have a function for that. People have been complaining about this in the forum. I’m glad to have the opportunity to thank you for visiting so regularly and ‘liking’. I only have a handful of NZ followers and really appreciate the support!

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  2. I had a few of these this morning, so this post came at the right time. Glad to hear they’re working on it!
    (also great photo ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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  3. Thank you for posting this, Liz! I had the same problem too and I hope, they will solve it! I was also thinking about posting it. Your picture looks pretty cold – hard to imagine!

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    1. Wish we could mix the temperatures up a bit to create the perfect temperature that we want! Lots of people are telling me they’ve had the same spam problem, very frustrating for everyone. At least WP gave me the link to contact akismet – there are people who’ve told me they’ve tried to contact WP but got no reply!

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  4. Thanks for the alert. I had the same problem yesterday and itโ€™s good to know Iโ€™m not alone or that it isnโ€™t something Iโ€™ve done. I contacted WordPress and heard nothing back. Obviously akismet were the people to contact: Iโ€™ll know that if thereโ€™s a next time. The spam likes seem to have stopped now.

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  5. Thanks to Natalie at Sacred Touches. I came across your blog. I’ve been dealing with this all day, they even attach themselves to reblogs I did from back in 2017! I contacted WordPress, but I never heard back.

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          1. Hi Liz, WP just contacted me they spoke with their spam folks and he said that they have rolled out some new code that should stop these spam comments and likes from coming in and if I can send you the see them to let them know

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          2. Sorry Liz, I went to correct my spell checker ๐Ÿ˜•and accidentally hit send.๐Ÿ™„
            What I wanted to say….that if we continue to see them please let them know.

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    1. You’re welcome Simone! I’m finding a lot of other people are very frustrated with this problem. Very cool here, especially with fog and no sun yesterday, and tiny bits of sunshine that haven’t lasted today. Longing for more sunshine!

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  6. Thanks for the information. I’ve had the occasional spam “like” but nothing lately. Yes they are sometimes rubbish, sometimes pretty seedy-looking. Thanks for the great photo!

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