Ah ha, this is only affecting WordPress bloggers from the UK it seems. It also appears many of us are affected.
WordPress takes no responsibility even though many of us are paying for premium themes and add ons.
After a direct plea to Akismet I got a response on Monday from Mark, telling me my problems (blogging wise anyway) were over.
No way José. They (my problems), along with other poor souls’ (problems) from this fair isle are still in the same dang position – ham unable to link or comment on bloggers’ posts.
Now he’s stopped speaking to me.
I posted a comment on his blog but guess where it went? Got it in 1. His SPAM folder.
WP has, today suggested we wait A WEEK and then let them know if we still have an issue. Then ‘further action’ can be taken.
Oh, please. Anybody as happy with this suggestion as I am?
Silly, daft Mrs C thinks someone should pay us some attention and sort the bug out. And keep us informed along the way.
To all my followers, can you go into your spam folder/comments pending and unspam me, please.
To those I follow but you don’t follow me, I am so sorry. Mrs Carmichael is still replying and still loving you. Heaven knows how you get to see this though.
Signing out from the wilderness,
RESIDENT, UNITED KINGDOM
PS Here’s a helpful comment from a WordPress member, ie someone who answers our WP problems.
I hope that everyone here recognizes that
1. Akismet Staff are on our side – they are our spam prevention team!
2. Akismet Staff are working flat out as quickly as they can to address this issue.
3. This is public forum and every thread is available to everyone on the internet including the spammers who are undoubtedly getting off on the discomfort of hobbybloggers who I sincerely hope are not becoming daram queens and kings.
Bottom line: It’s only a blog.
So why not get up and get outside of your head for awhile? There’s nothing to be lost by getting some fresh air and it may help bring things into perspective so this issue is not a drama creating opportunity for those who lack a vibrant offline social life.
Mine might might might be fixed now. I’m almost too scared to try and comment.