December 24, 2006

Akismet and blog spam

I've been using the Akismet comment spam plugin for about ten days now and am pleased to note that it's blocked nearly 1,000 comment spams from being posted.

What that means is that, once you install the Akismet plugin and enable it on your blog, it moves those comments that it determines to be spam from the comment queue page to a separate Akismet comment queue page and holds them there for fifteen days — you may review the comments in that time or, after 15 days, Akismet will simply delete them.

This is a terrific, terrific plugin. It's changed my feeling about blogging; I simply hadn't realized that the onslaught of mostly-ridiculous comment spam was actually bothering me. But it bothers me no more, because it's all caught without my having to comb through my WordPress comment queue to ensure that I don't inadvertently delete legitimate comments.

However, I have one nagging thought: since I would assume that most comment spam is automated, if the comments are accepted by the blog (but not posted), does this not give blogspammers the idea that they're actually being posted?

I don't know the answer to this, and I'm not going to pester Matt at Akismet about it, but it's a lingering question. Does anyone know the answer?

5 Comments to "Akismet and blog spam"

  1. HandySolo says:

    Add the Bad Behavior plugin to the mix and many of the trackback spammers won't even complete their first form post. :-)

  2. Diane Vigil says:

    Hi, HandySolo, and thanks.

    I haven't tried Bad Behavior, but I will. I don't so much get trackback spam as automated comments. But anything can help. :)

  3. » WordPress, Akismet & a little code blocker » developedtraffic.com says:

    […] Unfortunately, it also meant that I had to skim through dozens of comment spams in the internal Akismet page every day — but I'd wondered, in my Akismet and blog spam post in December: I have one nagging thought: since I would assume that most comment spam is automated, if the comments are accepted by the blog (but not posted), does this not give blogspammers the idea that they're actually being posted? […]

  4. Diane Vigil says:

    Heh. Had to approve my own pingback to this post because it contained the offending BB code url. :)

  5. Diane Vigil says:

    I wanted to add a link to Andy Beard's excellent Akismet – the Danger of Collective Intelligence (and why I don't use it).

    As Andy points out, improper use of Akismet's spam designation can lead to people not being able to post comments. A good and detailed must-read. In particular, read Matt Mullenweg's comments.

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