April 2015 Stats Roundup

April turned out to be a slow month in Akismetland. The highest number of spam comments we saw come in this month on a given day was about 177 million. The total amount of spam we saw come through this month is 23% less than last month, and 33% less than April of last year.

Here’s a chart showing the number of spam and ham comments we saw come through each day this month:

graph of akismet spam and ham daily stats April 2015
This image, .Time Machine. by Sachin Sandhu, is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The total number of spam comments this month is 4,167,247,500 – just over four billion, which is still a big number even though it’s a slow month 😀. To help visualize this number, let’s say it takes a second to count each spam message. In that case, it would take 132 years and two months to finish counting.

As for ham – we saw a total of 145,308,000 real messages come through. If we were counting each one of those, it would take only 4 and a half years to finish. As usual, there’s much more spam going around than real messages – only 3.4% of all messages sent this month were not spam.

We missed only about 1 in every 10,443 spams this month. If you are seeing spam in your comments, please mark it as spam – this will help Akismet learn from your input. Similarly, please mark any real comments that end up in the spam folder as ‘not spam’. If you’re seeing very many mislabelled comments, please contact us about it and we’ll be happy to help dig into the issue.

This post is part of a monthly series summarizing some stats and figures from the Akismet universe. Feel free to browse all of the posts in the series.