Taking A Bite Out Of Spam, Sounds Gross

Tue Nov 6, 2007 7:21:48 am by Dustin
Filed under Dealing with People, General, Version Control, a little about life

If you read many of the comments coming into this site, you have noticed there is a bit of spam sneaking through. I apologize first off. Secondly, I am trying to do something about it.

Ideally, Akismet would never have false positives or false negatives, but that just isn’t very likely, especially when my friends host their sites on wacky domains *cough* Brandon *cough*.

The next hope is to make sure nothing ‘ugly’ or ‘hardcore’ gets through as well as no ham being marked as spam.

Enter moderation. Today I started another step in moderating the spam on this site. Before I let Akismet deal with whether a comment should be: ham, moderated, or spam. All commenters must have a comment previously marked as ham to be automatically approved as ham, otherwise they will be moderated.

FYI this can be done by going to Options -> Discussion -> Comment author must have a previously approved comment.

I would also like to see the opposite situation be an option here. If a commenter has been approved before, any comments thought to be spam should then be moderated.

So how about we do some testing folks? Place comments below.


  1. Dustin

    Spam is not my friend.

  2. Jeff

    Check out these hot pics…http://photobucket.com/mediadetail/?media=http%3A%2F%2Fi0006.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2F0006%2Fpbhomepage%2FDance%2Fcamerapics331.jpg&searchTerm=dance%20or%20dancing&pageOffset=0&browseAction=search&ref=home

    This is a sweet test!!!

  3. Brandon

    I’ve simply stopped putting my website into the website field. My name and email get the job done. I’ll get a real domain some day… I promise!

    As for moderation, I’ve used it for a while. I don’t have a large number of new visitors to my site, so there isn’t much moderating to do. Akismet catches all the rest so I don’t have to worry about it… And before we go blaming me for all things spam related, I’d like to point out that James and his awesomeness get flagged by akismet now too for some reason, so :P

  4. Brandon

    Testing! w/ website even!

  5. James

    If you can read this it’s not working…at least not consistently

  6. Dustin

    Yippie, it worked. It moderated the spam for the day.

    Brandon, nobody is blaming you. Spam filters should know better.

  7. Ray

    Yea, I’m sick of Akismet. It’s been less than optimal and I pretty much hate Matt Mullenweg. I switched to Defensio (http://defensio.com/).