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Mystery Solved: Introducing Akismet Comment Spam Protection

The mystery of the API numbers in your wordpress.com Administration Profile panel has now been revealed. It is part of a new benefit package for wordpress.com users. Not only will you get a free blog on wordpress.com, but the future looks like it will also give you other goodies for being a part of the WordPress Community.

The first benefit package is access to Akismet for comment spam. But it’s a little complicated, so let me clear things up based upon what I understand.

1. If you are currently a wordpress.com blogger, you automatically get Akismet installed so you don’t have to do anything.

2. If you are currently a wordpress.com blogger, and you would like to add Akismet comment spam thwarter to another non-wordpress.com blog, your API number in the Profile panel will give you access to this free service.

So what is Akimet? Akismet is one of the new services offered by the “parent” company of called , run by WordPress founder and lead developer, . Akismet offers a new method of fighting off comment spam by out-sourcing the protection and filtration from your blog to the Akismet site. Akismet is a WordPress Plugin which connects to the Akismet site. Simply install the plugin like a normal plugin and the Akismet panel is added to your Manage Panels to monitor the spam it catches. This way, the comment spam protection is constantly evaluating the current attempts of comment spammers attacking blogs around the world and updating its database, which you have access to through your special API key.

While the major development of the Akismet WordPress Plugin is fairly done, It still needs a little work. Currently, you can only see the the name, email, and URL of the comment spammer, but not the comment itself, so it’s hard to judge if the comment is spam or not. Most of the time it is, but how would you know unless you become really familiar with how the spammers are using specific names and URLs, which you do learn to recognize over time. The neat thing is that it automatically deletes comment spam after 15 days, though I’d like to see this customizable, as many times I travel for longer periods of time unable to access the Internet. I might also like to see that time period shortened, keeping the comment spam out of my database.

Currently, prevention and protection from comment spam is a several step process. First, if your blogging tool features strong anti-spam protection, it is blocked there. WordPress users have two other add-ons, WordPress Plugins, that help stop comment spam, Bad Behavior and Spam Karma 2, which do an awesome job. I’ve been using them for almost a year and they do an amazing job stopping all comment spam. Very few ever get in.

The downside is that updating becomes “my” responsibility, though Spam Karma 2 has a feature that alerts you on the Spam Karma Panel of when an update becomes available. The goal of Akismet is to update automatically and work to protect your blog from comment spam behind the scenes so you don’t have to do the work.

Update: Ioerror has more information on Akismet that will help you understand more about the benefits and downsides of this new comment spam prevention plugin.

More Benefits for WordPress.com Users!

Matt also hints that this is the first of some neat benefits for WordPress.com bloggers. I can only imagine the possibilities, though many would be happy with more control over content design and style and more Theme choices, which will come when the WordPressMU program running wordpress.com becomes more stablized and more WordPressMU Themes become available.

So I’m asking. What cool benefits would you like to receive for being a wordpress.com user?


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2 Comments

  1. Posted October 27, 2005 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    From my viewpoint:

    1) del.icio.us integration with tagging support built in. I would like to be able to import OPML files into pages or posts.

    2) Import content from my other wordpress 1.5.2 blog would be nice.

    3) Use my own domain name.

    4) Built in syndication for chicklets in the sidebar.

    5) iTunes and podcast integration with Tagging.

    6) I want to be able to tag anything.

    7) How about allowing visitors to import my content via OPML? i.e. an excerpt of a post.

    8) Rating a post.

    9) Ability to create a 100% private, password protected blog.

    10) Be able to integrate my RollYo searchrolls into the blog, see (www.rollyo.com)

    I could go on and on… :)

  2. Posted October 27, 2005 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    Wow, that’s a cool list. It would make wordpress.com be more of a full service blog rather than a free but limited blog.

    I like the idea of integration with tagging. Already you can tag anything you want just by adding the rel="tag" but only to links. Post rating and polling are sure to come as so many people love those gimmicks.

    100% private? Hmmm, that’s not much fun in a “community” oriented service.

    I have thought about feeds, but that opens a door to splogs, something that should be crushed under foot seriously, so I don’t know about that. I’d like to think that wordpress.com would be a place where people come for the content, not for the regurgitated feed content.

    Your wishes really make me think, though. What would I want? Hmmm.


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