Akismet learns about spam slowly

Apparently the WordPress anti-spam filter (Akismet*) works via heuristics.  That is, it learns by being told over many submitted comments which ones are in fact spam and which are not.

Much like email checkers.  But, but, but…

Surely there are some ground rules (apart from the weak “≤ 2 hyper-links per comment” rule) which will recognise rudimentary spam ?  Apparently not.

In a Google search on the subject the advice is if you, gentle reader, fail to see your pearls of wisdom either straight away or at least “soon”, there should be an email address displayed somewhere on the Blog so that you can inform the Admin.

What do you think ?

* Does Akismet mean Fate ?  As in the hands of the gods ?

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