Akismet Kills Comment Spam

Akismet is a new comment spam defeating system designed by WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg. Instead of filtering all comments locally, each comment’s data is sent out to the Akismet servers and tested among spam for other sites to create a far more accurate judgment of it’s validity. The only prerequisite is a WordPress.com API key, which can be signed up for at their site. Installation couldn’t be simpler, too. Per their public request, I’ve disabled other comment spam plugins such as Bad Behavior (which may or may not fix RSS issues a few people are having). So far, I’m quite impressed with how easy it is to use. Time will tell if it really works. If you’re interested in using it on your own site, you can check out their FAQ, or go right ahead and download the WordPress plugin.

Update: It’s been 15 days since I activated Akismet and disabled all my other comment spam plugins, and so far I’ve seen only one unmoderated spam comment, while Akismet has blocked 1477 others. Those are impressive results! Also, WordPress.com is out of beta for those interested in getting an API key.

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Akismet Kills Comment Spam

4 thoughts on “Akismet Kills Comment Spam

  1. Akismet is great. Since I installed it I haven’t seen spam 1. So far it’s caught 91 comment spams. I’m just waiting for one of those comment spam flood days when I get inundated by the shite to see how it holds up under pressure. I can’t believe I’m looking forward to a flood of comment spam.

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  2. I’ll stick with the Gatekeeper plugin from Eric Meyer. I wsa going to give this a shot, but I (and call me stupid) couldn’t find where to request the API key at that site. And just what the heck is the difference between wordpress.org and wordpress.com, anyway?

    On a side note, I’m commenting here in Mac/Firefox, and this comments box is spilling over into your sidebar.

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  3. WordPress.org is the home for the WordPress publishing system itself and where all the development goes on, while WordPress.com is a Blogger-style effort to give anyone a free WordPress account so they can start using it without having to pay for servers and whatnot.

    Worth noting, WordPress.com runs on a pre-release version of WordPress MU, for multiple users. It’s pretty neat, and deserves a look if you’re planning to give blogging capabilities to a number of people.

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