Akismet is always learning, so if you come across a piece of spam that Akismet misses, marking it as spam will help Akismet learn and not miss similar spam in the future.
Akismet has two levels of learning – global and local.
Local learning is taught by the site owner and occurs whenever something is marked as spam that Akismet thinks is not spam, and when something is marked as Not Spam and Akismet thinks it is. This helps Akismet learn what you like and don’t like. This is partly so spammers cannot try to “poison” Akismet so easily and also because some people get angry when any comments are caught – their blog, their comments.
Global learning is Akismet using all the input we get from site owners to learn what is actual spam and what is not.
How can I mark items as spam?
To mark an individual comment as spam, hover over it and press the “Spam” button.
If you have multiple comments you want to mark as spam, just check the boxes next to the comments you want marked as spam, select the “Mark as Spam” option from the bulk menu option at the top of the screen and press the “Apply” button.
I don’t think this is working!
If you continue to see things getting through that you’ve marked as spam, please reach out to Akismet Support with a few example comments and we’ll be happy to look into this further.
If you have more general questions about Akismet, please contact us here.