I have noticed lately that all comments that akismet thinks are spam are automatically deleted. This would be great if Akismet actually worked properly. Unfortunately, Akismet has the brain of a stoned 2 yr. old and thinks that friends comments are spam also. I cannot be sure since the Akismet comment area is always empty even though it says it has protected my blog from more spam.
I am must say I am sorry to any friend who has attempted to post a comment this week. I am afraid Akismet may have deleted your perfectly valid comment.