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At the Bottom: New Delete Comment Spam Button in Akismet for Users

With the recent high volume of nasty comment spam, most of which is caught by within blogs, I’ve been mentally chastising the developers for not including a DELETE SPAM button at the bottom of the caught spam list.

I would scroll through 90 or more caught spam comments and get to the bottom of the list, only to find a button to advise me to make all check marked spam comments as NOT SPAM. In order to delete this nasty spam comments, I’d have to scroll back to the top of the list to hit the DELETE SPAM button. Time waster and scrolling-button-finger-wearer-outer.

Today I find that they’ve been reading my mind. A new series of buttons and information is now found at the bottom of the Akismet panel in your blogs.

Akismet new buttons to fight comment spam at bottom of panel

This is great. I now don’t have to scroll back to the top to delete the spam from my blog.

This is weird because it isn’t very intuitive.

I know that is also a test site, and that we have to suffer as they figure out the details, but this is over thinking, folks. What the heck is “de-spam”?

Me, I think like most folks when it comes to all this highly-fangled technology. Make it simple and to the point and let me get the job done so I can focus on what is important. ME!

What’s wrong with NOT SPAM and DELETE SPAM?

This is how I’d like the bottom to look, if I were in charge of things.

Alternative suggested version of how the bottom of the Akismet Spam Catching panel should look

Move that “get-rid-of-them” button up. Since I find few good comments get caught by Akismet, I rarely push the “Not Spam” button, so drop it down out of accidental hit range.

Thank you to the crew for reading my mind and adding the Delete Spam button at the bottom. But “hint hint” on making this a little more user friendly.

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  1. Posted June 12, 2006 at 5:54 am | Permalink

    Hmmm….I don’t mind pressing the home or Pg Up key!

  2. Posted June 13, 2006 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    I wish there was something from wordpress to block out the comment spam all together.

  3. Posted June 13, 2006 at 1:39 am | Permalink

    From or WordPress (the full version)? So far, Bad Behavior, combined with Spam Karma, knocks comment spam on my full WordPress blogs down to almost zilch. What gets through is caught and the program learns from the caught and the ones you catch, and I’m down to very few things to deal with.

    Also remember that Spam Karma and Akismet will automatically delete comment spam they catch after a certain number of days, so you only need to check for the errant comment spam that slips through. For me, that’s really, really rare now, both on and my full version WordPress sites.

    I posted a list of helpful tools and articles on comment spam that should offer you some great advice on what to choose and how to handle the nasties of comment spam.

    As for blocking them out all together, I think about that constantly, but I realize that I’m still working with human-built products. They ain’t purfect. Sometimes good comments get caught. This means that while we can ignore them and just take our chances with deleting good comments, us paranoid website owners want to check to make sure. Thus we can’t get rid of it totally. Though I wish the penalty for getting caught comment spamming had enough drop-kick vicious deterrent behind it that comment spammers would run for their lives. 😉

  4. Posted June 13, 2006 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    We’ve been using Akismet at Alabama Watch for a couple of months. It’s like night and day. Once it was a chore and now it’s nothing. Akismet just takes care of it. So far I’ve had no false positives and maybe a dozen comments that it missed out of more than 10,000 caught.

    Thank you Akismet.

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