Preventing Avatar Spam and Gaming Facebook LIKEs

If you live on social media networks, or if you write a blog, or manage a Facebook page, you’ve certainly seen a rise in efforts to game the networks for profit.  Way back on September 11, 2006, I predicted right here on this blog that people would begin to use Avatars — their online identity — to make money by selling their craven image to the highest bidder:

What’s to stop active — or better yet, INactive — blog commenters from getting hired by companies to change their Avatar to promote a website or a phone number or some other advertising blitz? Can you imagine being a new beer company and going out and finding the top 1,000 blog commenters and having them all change their Avatars to the logo for your beer?

Why it’s sheer viral genius! You could buy hundreds of thousands of page views on the cheap that could reach for years back into the history of Avatar-enabled blog pages on thousands of blogs — and the beauty part is this: No one would be the wiser.

The Search Engines already indexed and tagged the old content as safe and sufficient and your Avatar Ads would be silently served up when a search return is clicked through to the blog. The Blogmaster would never know — especially if you were not posting recent comments.

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Why the Boles Blogs Network Moved Back to After a Week of WordPress Multisite backend billing problems temporarily forced the 14-blog strong Boles Blogs Network from the warmth and sanctity of and into the lonesome cold of independent WordPress Multisite hosting on my personal Pair Networks VPS.  After a week in the wilderness, we received word that our domain mapping renewals problem was fixed and we leapt back to  This article will tell you why we decided to move back.

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Big Akismet Spam Trouble

Akismet is a Spam Plugin for WordPress and it is giving me great trouble the last two days. I have the problem using the 1.1 and 1.2 version of the Plugin.

All comments are being marked as Spam so regulars and newcomers alike are getting caught in a false Akismet Spam Trap! Please keep posting your fine comments and I will clear them for publication as soon as I can –¦
Yesterday and today I asked for help on the Akismet website and this morning I even posted a cry for help on the Akismet blog.

I will let you know if I hear any news of a resolution from them.
I have even gone as far as completely deleting Akismet from my server but still, somehow, Akismet remains active and snaring every single comment and the only way to see those comments is to re-upload Akismet and re-enable the Plugin and there the comments somehow sit marked as Spam.
I have searched my .htaccess file for Akismet phantoms but did not find any lingering settings or calls.
If you are a WordPress Guru — where and how is Akismet staying active on my blog and blocking all comments even when it is deactivated and completely deleted from my server?