On WordPress, Akismet, and Spam

Being new to the blogosphere and having taken various recommendations to go with WordPress (which I must say I am very happy with), I was not initially concerned about spam.

Following the recent receipt of two spam comments, I decided to enable Akismet.  In the last two days things have gone wild!  Akismet has captured nearly 200 spam comments across the two blogs that I run.

Whilst I am delighted that Akismet has intervened, I am nervous about enabling people to leave comments without moderation.  I have never refused to allow a genuine comment, positive or negative but I am trying to balance the benefits of allowing un-moderated comments versus the risk of getting spammed to death for those that get through the Akismet filter.  Any more experienced bloggers out there with any advice?

2 Responses to “On WordPress, Akismet, and Spam”

  1. Ciaran Says:

    I can’t think of too many advantages of allowing unmoderated comments, compared to the benefits of screening, so I would definitely lean towards screening.

    You’re missing an in-between solution though, which is allowing unmoderated comments as long as they’re not anonymous. Something like OpenID allows a reasonable degree of interoperability for people to identify themselves when commenting, and it looks like you can set this up with WordPress fairly easily. I googled this, for example: http://verselogic.net/projects/wordpress/wordpress-openid-plugin/

  2. Alastair Bathgate Says:

    Thanks Ciaran. I think I’ll leave moderation on for a while until I get a chance to take a look at OpenID at least.
    Strangely since the spam attack last weekend – the amount of spam has completely dried up and I only get a small handful of spam posts (all caught by Akismet) a day now.

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