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Friday, August 24, 2007

All hail Akismet

For some time I’ve had problems with spam commenters. I’ve held them at bay mostly by having an extensive spam word blacklist as well as holding all comments with even one link in the approval queue. My blog had been somewhat dormant for the last year, and I guess the spam bots had been lying in wait or something because soon after I started posting again, my database had been filled to the brim with spam in my approval queue, to the point where my host turned off write access!

I looked at various spam deterrants for blogs and found Akismet. It’s not just a blog plug-in, it’s a whole service which continually monitors comments and posts to many different blogs and other sites which accept user contributions. Using this massive amount of data it can quickly learn how to filter out spam, even as spammers come up with new tactics.

Akismet is free for small blogs, though they do ask if you’re making tons of money to use their pay service. Overall it’s a great service for the average blogger. Unfortunately it’s not without its downsides. You do have to send every comment through their servers and you have to trust that they don’t throw out any good comments. I don’t have enough user discussion to test the false positives, but so far I’ve not had any problems.

I installed Akismet on August 11th, and already it’s stopped over seven thousand spam comments from being made on my blog alone! Here is a live counter of spams stopped since August 11th:

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for 3 hours straight I did this. It wasn’t gisbreibh, he could tell theat it was precise formation of words. First, has anyone experienced this and second, is there a way for me to understand what I experience overall while dreaming. I have by the way, had a sleep apnea test and went to counseling for a year for nightmares. They actually have become less terrorizing but I still am unable while dreaming to relax and try to fully experience what I see.Also, one of my most vivid dreams I had about 2 months ago, I actually did recognize someone and he looked like a thin but strong scraggly man with long matted hair and appeared to be somewhat older in age yet not elderly. I dreamed about him 2 different nights. The firt night he was trying to get to me to speak with me and I was terrified and ran. In my dream I was running through an old manufacturing plant that had big machinery. I managed to wake just at the point he had me cornered. The second night I dreamed about the same man. I was walking on a grassy path outdoors with a group of people. He was a few feet behind me. I took a deep breath and wanted to see who he was. I dropped back to be walking beside him. I asked him if he was Satan. He said very calmly and without any kind of threatening demeanor, that yes, he was. I asked him if I was going to be ok. He said yes, you are going to be fine. Right up to the point of your death. You’re going to struggle a little there but otherwise you will be fine. I actually felt relief and had a sense of calmness for several days.I am a pretty calm and peaceful natured person on the outside but most people don’t know how inside I typically feel unsettled and fearful. Just a state of unrest is the only way I can explain it. So this sense of calm was a dramatic difference to the way I normally feel. It was actually pretty wonderfulAny insight or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Comment by Fourfarm — Wednesday, November 26, 2014 @ 1:52 pm

It works! You guys are amazing. It works peertcfly. I’m not going to miss all that SPAM one single bit. Can I ask what constitutes SPAM to the system? It won’t accidentally block any legit posts from brand new members will it?Thanks, Adam!And special thanks to Ben for putting so much into this project. Hyperboards is the best because of people like Adam and Ben.

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