Wherever there are people, you’ll find other people trying to sell them stuff. From overpriced tshirts, bootleg recordings and scalped tickets outside rock concerts, to spam-on-house-phone, spam-on-fax, spam-on-email and now spam-blog-comments.
I was struggling, moderating blog comments the “traditional” way, until Sam Sidler showed me a better way. Since installing Akismet, I can now a) allow real people to add comments, and b) not have to wade through all the spam-comments every day. Very cool. Thanks Sam!
ps: Trivia from Akismet is thatÂ 91% of all blog-comments are spam. At what point will spam-blog-comments drown out useful blog-comments, to the point where people start to avoid blogs? Would it ever overrun the medium? Emails are not quite at that stage yet, but house phones all have callerID & answering machines to screen us from spam-phone calls, and fax machines continue to churn out pages of spam-faxes.
2 thoughts on “Comment spam and Akismet”
Akismet works by sending the comments through a spam filter on their (Akismet’s) server, doesn’t it? Bad Behavior seems like a better approach from a privacy perspective to me. http://www.bad-behavior.ioerror.us/
John, there’s a new plugin you need….I just got it a month ago and I love it – WP-SpamFree. It will kill anything from spambots.
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