Akismet 2.0 is a life (and comment) saver

Akismet is the default anti-spam plugin which comes with WordPress and it has saved me from literally hundreds of thousnads of comment spam messages (124,200 last time I looked).

A new version (Akismet 2.0) was released the same time as WordPress 2.1’s release so it’s release was kind of drowned out in the hoopla.

To my mind, the most significant change in Akismet 2.0 is the ability to tell Akismet to automatically delete any comments on posts over a month old.

Akismet configuration

As Matt himself said:

When I was doing some research into false positives I found an interesting statistic: the overwhelming majority (more that 99.99%) of false positives (which is when Akismet marks someone as spam wrongly) occur on new posts. Which makes sense because most real comments happen on new entries.

Typically I used to get >500 comments per day flagged by Akismet. There was no way i could go through those looking for genuine comments accidentally flagged as spam by Akismet.

Today though, having configured Akismet to dump all suspected spam comments on posts over a month old, I now only have to check 20-30 comments per day.

And just this morning, I rescued two comments which had accidentally been marked as spam by Akismet.

Well done to the guys in Automattic again. I love Akismet.

4 thoughts on “Akismet 2.0 is a life (and comment) saver”

  1. Akismet is excellent!

    I was recently having problems with spam on one of my blogs. All the other were fine. I thought maybe the spam was beating akismet. But it turned out that I didn’t have akismet activated!

    One click later, no more spam.

  2. I love Akismet but I’ve seen a marked increase in spam getting through since they moved to V2.0. Previously on my personal blog I’d have to deal with only one spam a day, it’s now more like 10-15 that get through and I have to mark as spam manually.

  3. Quite a few spam comments were getting through recently so I switched Akismet to only allow comments from previous commenters and moderate others. The majority of my commenters (all 3 of them) are repeat offenders anyway so works a treat for me. I usually don’t check past the first page of spam because most days I get a couple of hundred. Over 12000 and counting now.

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