The Akismet Auntie Spam Greasemonkey Script for Firefox changes the way the comment spam caught by Akismet is viewed. Instead of viewing the whole comment spam, and scrolling down screen after screen to get to the bottom of your 50 comment spams, then scrolling back up to the top of the page to hit the next page (Will they ever put the page navigation at the bottom? Hint! Hint!), Akismet Auntie Spam shrinks the space down and only gives you excerpts of the comment spams, cutting down your screen scrolling.
It doesn’t put more comment spam on per page, it just saves your hand with less mouse wheel gestures, page down presses, or scroll bar clicks.
The title information of the comment spam, with the name, email, URL, and IP are clearly marked with a yellow highlighted background and only the first sentence or so viewable underneath. The spacing is all gone, squishing the comment spams together, which saves the page down efforts.
It’s ugly and takes a little getting used to, with so little space in between, but it took me only a few minutes to quickly slide my eye down the list to check for any wrongfully grabbed comments, which there were none. It also loads after the page has loaded, so it takes a moment to show up and slightly slows the page loading, but it’s minor.
I’ve had some comment spam that took four screen’s worth of page downs to get through just one long comment spam of worthless links and text, so this is a neat way of shrinking the information and wasted space to save your fingers and wrists while you scan for false/positives in Akismet.
This shrinking technique works on Akismet panels only on WordPress.com blogs, though I hope there is some way Engtech can make this available to all WordPress blogs. It does require Mozilla Firefox browser and the Greasemonkey Firefox Extension, though Engtech does describe how to add this with Internet Explorer.
Akismet Auntie Spam Greasemonkey Script for Firefox is a step in the right direction for handling comment spam for several reasons. Yes, it requires less hand motion to scroll through the comment spam list, but more importantly, I don’t have to read the whole comment spam.
Before my comment spam levels went totally berserker, I carefully scrolled through all the comment spams to check for false/positives. Your comments are important to me, and if I can get your good comments out of the Akismet list, then I’m doing a good thing for you and for me.
Unfortunately, reading through all those comment spams was a little like being sexually harassed and assaulted. After all, how many porn and sex terms and suggestions can you take? I was reading through hundreds a day with invitations to view enlarged penises and breasts, animal sex, black sex, latino sex, teenager sex, couple sex, violent sex, group sex, golden showers sex, gay sex, and every other sex around and in between, some I’d hardly ever heard of. That’s a lot of sex to be confronted with on a daily basis. Add to this the drugs, mortgages, casinos, and just plain stupidity. How fun it must be to put “aaassssdddfffggg” in comments.
As open minded and uninhibited as I’d like to think I am, all this crap going in my eyes and brain is wearing on the spirit. Sometimes I’d find myself laughing over some stupid description like “quit smoking while female”, and then realize that this is sick stuff I’m laughing at. I’d become desensitized to how disgusting this garbage is.
Akismet Auntie Spam Greasemonkey Script for Firefox allows me to only see the first few words to know that it’s not a good comment, limited my brain’s exposure to all the evils comment spammers promote. I like that.
The script is still new and I’d like to see it become a little easier to quickly scan and read, but it is a great step in the right direction. Thanks, Engtech!
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