I have a couple of questions and comments about Akismet and blog commenting. If this has been discussed to death...sorry.
First, I have a relatively new blog where I have installed Akismet. At first I thought that this was cool. Akismet was catching a lot of spam. Now...I don't know if it is working so great.
There are a lot of innocuous bloggers leaving "nice post. I like it" with a link back to a nice website/blog. I don't really mind those, especially if someone wants a backlink from my PR0 site.
Some comments are actually relevant and should not be included in spam. These people might get banned for spam by Akismet if I don't remove them. Then again, I'm not going to wade through a thousand pre-marked spam posts from Akismet. Which leads me to...
I think that blog owners have become overly sensitive to people leaving anchor text pointing back to the commenter's blog. I have made a number of very relevant, three paragraph blog comments, with my name and anchor text back to my blog as a signature. They go to moderation, and then the owner either trashes or spams my comment. So much for a "community of bloggers." This is probably due to the over-zealousness of some SEO teachers and blog commenting being used as a backlinking technique.
Please let me know if anybody has advice regarding these points. I don't want to get banned for blog commenting if I'm not spamming just because some blog owners have itchy trigger fingers.