Such an honor

Well, I guess I’ve “arrived” here at the new location: the first three comment spams (all for the same reprehensible bunch of wankers) have been shoveled into the database.

WordPress has a resident spam tool called Akismet; this is my first experience with it. (My other WP sites are treated with SpamKarma.) Akismet duly isolated the infection and shunted it off to the waiting room at Deletion City, exactly as I’d hope. I have yet to port over my collection of Dubious Words from the previous platform, but I’m not in any huge rush.


  1. Steve Lackmeyer »

    13 September 2008 · 11:16 am

    First, welcome to WP. I can assure you Akismet is very aggressive at blocking out spam. I’ve yet to have a spam come through yet. But…
    check that filter frequently. It’s like the dumb guy working the ropes at the hottest NYC club – he’s sometimes too aggressive. And so he’ll block out your friends as well. He’ll even block you. Of course, for all I know, he won’t even let me in with this advisory.
    Oh, and one more thing… WP doesn’t like you messing with a post if it has a YouTube clip in it.
    Good luck.

  2. Tat »

    13 September 2008 · 1:54 pm

    Yes, Akismet has been rather diligent at my place, too. The only minus, as I see it (but that’s more WP policy, than Akismet downside) is that it won’t block the IPs I marked as spam from posting again, even in the spam filter.
    I’d prefer a certain IP holder/troll, who’s been leaving offensive and stupid comments on my blog, to be banned completely, rather than just directed into the spam folder.

  3. CGHill »

    13 September 2008 · 2:24 pm

    Movable Type had an IP filter in version 2.x, but they dropped it at the 3.0 point, perhaps thinking that the real threat was not single-purpose morons but intricately-crafted botnets. This strikes me as shortsighted: just because you have a rocket launcher doesn’t mean you might not need a pistol at some point.

  4. Dan »

    14 September 2008 · 1:02 am

    As far as I know, Akismet doesn’t even consider content – it just looks at wonky behavior and reputation. And I’ve used it in Expression Engine with great success.

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