Is Akismet less effective than it used to be?

One of the reasons that I moved over to WordPress as a hosting platform was the way that it integrated Akismet into the service. For the most part Akismet has managed to block a great deal of spam and for that I am grateful, however over the past few months I’ve noticed an increasing amount of spam getting through and over the last couple of days it seems to have snowballed. I just spent a good chuck of time emptying out by spam folder trying to filter the garbage out.

Hopefully flagging all those messages as spam will help teach Akismet what is spam and what isn’t. I wonder why it is letting through more than it previously did.

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