(update 10/21/08 – sorry for any Twitter followers who got this post in a Twitter broadcast! This is an old post that we edited today, and it got broadcast to twitter as *new* through the Twitter Tools plugin we are currently using. No worries on Akismet — there are no current bugs in the system — this is old info! Sorry to you, and to the Akismet folks!
Over the past 24 hours, WordPress users who utilize the Akismet plugin experienced a mass influx of spam (this blog included). We’ve received just a ton of help tickets in our Support Center about the amount of spam they’ve received.
This was an Akismet issue and they’ve posted about it on their blog, including a statement that the problem has been resolved: Akismet blog: Downtime
Comment/trackback spam is very frustrating – however, when Akismet experiences a ‘burp’ such as this – there’s not much to be done except ride out the storm. And what a storm it was!
Akismet is an excellent service – especially considering that it doesn’t cost a thing. Keep up the great work Akismet folks!