I turned on Akismet a little more than a month ago; since then, it’s caught just shy of 20,000 spam comments for me, or just under 600 a day, allowing less than five a day to make it through. I haven’t noticed any false positives yet (though admittedly I get a low enough rate of comments that that doesn’t mean as much as it might); all in all, I’m extremely pleased.
The volume of spam is high enough that I frequently am unable to thoroughly examine the spam queue before clearing it out. So if you submit a comment and it hasn’t been approved by the next time I post, please let me know. As is, though, I’m almost inclined to stop examining the spam queue at all and just trust Akismet to not screw up. I would definitely be willing to pay money for this.
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